Our congregation accepts and proclaims the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teachings of Luther are summarized as: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
On the basis of God's Holy Word, we are forgiven by God's grace alone. Grace is God's undeserved kindness toward us. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Our actions and behaviour do not move God to save us. Our salvation is not teamwork between us and God. It is not a matter of us doing our part and God doing His. We are not saved by God's grace plus our good works or anything else that we do. We are saved by God's grace ALONE.
We are forgiven by "Faith Alone." God truly promises heaven as a gift to us and there is only one way to receive a promised gift: faith. For a gift to remain a gift it must simply be received. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
Christians can be tempted to believe that faith in the Triune God is not enough. They can be tempted to believe that we must DO something: keep God's Commandments, go to church, avoid sin, or do good things for others. We are not saved by faith plus being good. The Scriptures consistently teach that we are saved through faith ALONE.
The Bible is the only source, the only authority, and the only judge of Christian teaching. Holy Scripture is the Word of God. The human authors were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what they did. Every word of the Bible is the Word of God. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God", 2 Timothy 3:16.
What is not in the Bible is not binding upon believers. While tradition is valuable, it must be tested by the Scriptures. The Bible does not contain all knowledge; however, the Bible does contain all that is necessary for our salvation. We are not saved by the Holy Scripture plus something else. We are saved by the Holy Scripture ALONE.