Our Faith in Jesus Christ
Our FAITH is firmly based upon the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.
We consider the faith expressed there is essential for a joy-filled life on this earth as well as eternal life with God.
As part of the Lutheran church, we confess that justification (being made right with God) is based on faith alone given us freely by God himself.
We find that the Lutheran Confessions correctly and helpfully explain the faith of the Scriptures.
We consider ourselves a part of the Church that is Christ,
and recognize fellowship with all Lutherans and cooperate with all confessing Christians.
Our work is the work of the Lord!
THE TRIUNE GOD — FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
- Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
- The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
- The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them the Holy Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
- The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged.” (Formula of Concord, Epitome, Part I)
The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.
The Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
The other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.
The Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.
Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church honors and accepts The Common Confession (2005) as a summary of teachings otherwise affirmed in the Lutheran Confessions.