A Christian is a person who believes that eternal life (heaven) can only be achieved by faith in Jesus Christ (part of the Triune God) as his Savior from sinfulness. Jesus Himself tells us clearly in John 14:6 – “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
is a Christian person who follows God’s Word (the Bible) as it has been applied to our life by Martin Luther. Luther had three main points of emphasis: Grace Alone, Scripture Alone and Faith Alone. We are saved by faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We go to church to build our relationship with God and others. The Bible tells us to meet together as believers to encourage one another, (Heb. 10:25) and as part of Christ’s body we belong to each other. (Rom. 12:5) God wants us in fellowship to grow in the faith, serve and love one another, and practice forgiveness. (1 Thess. 5:11) Though we are individuals we still belong to one another. (1 Cor. 12:12 & 12:14-23) Jesus went to church as a regular practice and He made it a priority to meet together with other believers. (Luke 4:16) As His followers we should too.
We believe, accept and confess the Bible to be God’s inspired Word, (2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 5:39) where God reveals Himself to us as the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
God the Father is our Creator (Gen. 1 & 2; Heb. 11:3). He created all mankind to live in harmony with Him for eternity (Gen. 1:26-28). But sin has broken that relationship (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23) and makes it impossible for mankind to find God (Rom. 3:10-11; Eph. 2:1).
Therefore, in His great love, (John 3:16) God sent . . .
God the Son, Jesus Christ, was sent to be our Redeemer By nature we are blind, dead and enemies of God (1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1). So God sent . . .
God, the Holy Spirit was sent to be our Sanctifier. By the power of the Spirit working through the Word and Sacraments, we are enabled to believe and to be heirs of eternal life (John 3:5-6; Rom. 10:17; Titus 3:5; Matt. 26:27-28). That same Holy Spirit unites us with all believers into His Church (Eph. 2:20-22), where we experience the joy of living and serving Him as His redeemed children (Eph. 2:10; Eph. 4:11-13).