What We Believe

  What We Believe  
Below you will find a select few tenets of our faith.  If you would like to learn more about what we believe, we would love to meet and talk with you in person!  The best way to get to know someone is to talk to them, after all.  Feel free to stop in at the office unannounced at any time during the week, call us at (262) 248-3374, or email us at church@firstlutheranwels.org.
 
    The Bible
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that the Bible is the true word of God.  It is inspired by the Holy Spirit.  This means that God breathed into the writers the exact thoughts and words they were to write.  As a result every statement in the Bible is the truth.  One part of the Bible explains another part.  It is the only guideline for the faith and life of Christians.  We are to read and study it diligently.  It clearly teaches all we need to know in order to obtain our eternal salvation.

    2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:15; Luke 11:28; John 5:39
    Creation
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that at the beginning of time God created heaven and earth and all creatures.  He did this in six days.  He spoke his almighty word to create all things.  He made everything out of nothing.  But man and woman are God's special creation. 

    Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:31; Exodus 20:11; Psalm 33:6,9; Psalm 124:8; Mark 10:6; Hebrews 11:3
    Sin
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that the first man and woman lost the image of God when they gave in to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God's command.  This brought on them the judgment of God.  Since that time all people are conceived and born in sin, desire to do what is evil, and are dead spiritually.  Therefore, we are unable to reconcile ourselves to God by our own efforts and deeds.

    Genesis 2:17; Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1; John 3:6; Psalm 5:4; Romans 5:12; 1 John 3:4; Romans 8:7,8
    The Gospel
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach the gospel.  The message of the gospel is the good news that a loving God sent Jesus Christ to take away the sins of all people.  This gospel freely offers to all sinners the righteousness that is found in Jesus.  God offers and gives eternal life and salvation to all those who believe in the gospel promises.

    John 1:17; Romans 1:16; John 3:16; Colossians 2:13; Luke 2:10,11; Ezekiel 33:11
    Jesus Christ
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that Jesus Christ is the Savior of everyone.  He is the eternal Son of God, equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit.  He is also the son of the Virgin Mary.  He became man to redeem all people.  Taking our place, he lived a perfect life keeping the law of God for us.  He also died as our innocent substitute on the cross to pay a price sufficient for everyone's sin.  After rising from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven.  On the Last Day he will judge all the people who are still living and those whom he will raise from the dead.

    1 John 5:20; Matthew 1:23; Ephesians 1:7; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 1:4; Acts 10:42
    Grace
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that already before the world was created, God chose those individuals whom he would in time convert through the gospel and preserve in the faith to eternal life.  This choosing is in no way caused by qualities or actions God had foreseen in the people whom he chose.  This shows how completely salvation is ours by God's grace alone.  Grace is God's undeserved love and mercy that he shows to all mankind through Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 11:5,6; Acts 15:11; Romans 5:15
    Faith
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that faith is a repentant sinner's acceptance of Jesus Christ as his only Savior and full trust in Jesus' worthiness for forgiveness of sins and salvation.  Such faith is not a personal achievement or an act of human worthiness.  The Holy Spirit creates faith.  Whoever remains in this faith to the end of life will be saved eternally.  Salvation is not possible without faith.

    John 1:12; Acts 10:43; Galatians 2:16; Acts 16:30,31; John 3:36; Matthew 24:13
    Baptism
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that baptism is a holy act.  It is instituted by God.  Using water and God's Word it offers and gives the forgiveness of sins, spiritual life, and eternal salvation.  It is meant for young and old, including children.  Infants also are sinful and therefore need the spiritual rebirth brought about through baptism.

    Matthew 28:19; John 3:5,6; Titus 3:5; Mark 10:14; Acts 22:16; Mark 16:16
    Holy Communion
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that Holy Communion is a holy act instituted by Christ.  Together with bread and wine we receive Jesus' true body and blood.  In this special meal Jesus gives the forgiveness of sins, strengthens our faith, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe.  Only people who repent of their sins and receive proper instruction in the Christian faith should be admitted to this sacrament.

    Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:27,28; 1 Corinthians 10:17
    Abortion and Suicide
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that human life is the gift of a gracious God.  Our life is a time of grace during which we have opportunity to learn the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  Only God has the right to take the life he has given.  Life begins at conception and ends when the soul leaves the body.

    Acts 17:25,26; Isaiah 55:6; 2 Corinthians 6:1,2; Psalm 31:15; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5
    Marriage and Divorce
  • The Bible and Lutherans teach that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.  It is a partnership in which the man is the loving head.  Marriage is established by God.  It is a holy relationship not to be broken.  A married person sins if he or she divorces without a biblical reason.  Before God, no divorce is valid except in cases of adultery or desertion.  The tendency to consider marriage as unimportant results in great harm to the family, the church, and the nation.

    Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:24,25; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:15; Psalm 51:10

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