“Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'”
~ Mark 1:14-15
We believe in and teach the Most Holy Trinity, one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and all things. That man rejected God and His will, and fell into the corruption of sin.
We believe in and teach that God the Son took on human flesh, being born of of the Blessed Virgin Mary, receiving the name of Jesus. The office and work of our Lord Jesus Christ is the first and chief article of our faith. The Blessed Martin Luther teaches about the office and work of our Lord in this way:
Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised for our justification. (Romans 4:25) And He alone is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, John 1:29; and God has laid upon Him the iniquities of us all, Isaiah 53:6. Likewise: All have sinned and are justified without merit [freely, and without their own works or merits] by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in His blood, Romans 3:23f. Now, since it is necessary to believe this, and it cannot be otherwise acquired or apprehended by any work, law, or merit, it is clear and certain that this faith alone justifies us as St. Paul says, Romans 3:28: For we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Law. Likewise 3:26: That He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Christ.
This article is the Gospel that our Lord Jesus Christ gives to His Holy Church and which she receives in faith.
Our Lord Jesus Christ gives this Gospel to His Holy Church through the means that He has appointed: through the Word of God preached, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and the Office of the Keys. In all these ways sins are forgiven and sinners are brought to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is in the Holy Church where our Lord Jesus Christ gives these gifts to us. Thus we believe that in the congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer our Lord Jesus Christ comes to us with His Gospel through His Holy Word and Sacraments.
The sole source of our faith is the divinely inspired and inerrant writings of the Old and the New Testaments of Holy Scripture. The teaching found in Holy Scripture is summarized in our Creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. To help us better learn this faith the Blessed Martin Luther explained it in a simple manner in his Small Catechism. A more complete teaching of the true faith is found in the Book of Concord, which contain the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.