What We Believe
Below is a brief explanation of some of our core beliefs. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Jesus and Salvation
Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is the way, the truth and the life, the savior of the world. Salvation is not by our own works, but by the grace of God. This promise of salvation is freely given to all who believe.
The Bible and the Foundations of our Faith
We believe that the assembled books of the "old" and "new" testaments are the inspired word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh.
The components of our faith are also expressed in the Lutheran Confessions and the ancient creeds of the Christian church, such as the Apostle's Creed.
The Trinity and the Eternal Kingdom
We believe in the trinity: God is the Father (creator), Son (redeemer) and the Holy Spirit (sustainer), equal in glory and majesty, altogether one God who lives and reigns forever and ever.
We observe two Sacraments as instructed by Jesus, whereby forgiveness of sins is received, and Christian community is forged.
The first sacrament is that of Holy Baptism, an outward sign of an inward grace. We come to baptism to accept God's promises for our lives, and in doing so, become members of Christ's holy church. Because we believe that it is God at work in this sacrament, rather than human will, we baptize persons of all ages.
The second sacrament is Holy Communion, often called "The Lord's Supper," where we recall the acts of Jesus in the upper room during the Jewish Passover celebration. We observe this sacrament every Sunday, and invite all persons, regardless of church membership, to participate. Along with wine, we also offer grape juice for those who prefer. Gluten free bread is also available. We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in both the bread and the cup, and that when we partake of this meal, we receive the real presence of Christ.
Leadership in Ministry
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that all are capable of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We also believe that both men and women are called to leadership in the church, and that no role is exclusive to a specific gender. As such, both men and women preach and teach in our church, and we have also called and trained a number of women to be pastors.
Nationally, the congregation is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a church body that covers the United States and the Caribbean.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in full fellowship with the following denominations:
- The Episcopal Church
- The United Methodist Church
- Presbyterian Church (USA)
- United Church of Christ
- Reformed Church in America
- The Moravian Church
We are also united with other national church bodies around the globe through the Lutheran World Federation.
Regionally, our congregation is a part of the Pacifica Synod, with our Bishop's offices currently in Santa Ana, Calif.
Locally, our congregation seeks ways to be united in mission for the community and the region with other Christian congregations of various backgrounds.