Bible

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Isaiah 44:6; Deuteronomy 4:35, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6

About Humanity & Sin

God made us in His image, to be like Him in character. We are the crown of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, everyone is marred by our nature of rebellion toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God and there is nothing that we can do to restore ourselves in our relationship with God.

Genesis 1:26, 27; Job 10:8-12; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12, 18; Ephesians 2:1-3

About Eternity

People are created to exist forever. Every person will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.

Genesis 2:17, 3:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where He is the Mediator between God and people, and will return again to earth. He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

John 1:1-4, 14, 16; Luke 2:1-20; Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22-24; 3:18; Galatians 4:4, 5; 3:13

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only through faith in Jesus Christ through God’s grace can a person be saved from sin’s penalty. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of His return.

Ephesians 2:16; Romans 8:6-8; Romans 3:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 1 Peter 1:3-4; John 3:17-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:3-4

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Titus 3:5; John 3:5-6

About the Bible

The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s word to all. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The entire Scriptures are inspired by God, and are infallible and inerrant. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

2 Timothy 3:16, John 10:35, Romans 3:2; 1 Corinthians 2:13

About Faith and Practice

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.

Ephesians 2:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:15

About Creation

God has created all that exists by His almighty Word, in the manner and the space of time recorded in the Scriptures, specifically Genesis 1 and 2. Since no man was around when God created the world, we must rely on His holy and perfect Word as a record of His creative work.

Genesis 1, 2; Exodus 20:11

About Baptism

Baptism is for everyone! In Baptism we are united with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through Baptism the Holy Spirit gives to us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:38-39 

Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Titus 3:5-8; Romans 6:4; Acts 22:16

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a meal of God’s grace. We believe that in a miraculous way the body and blood of Jesus are really present in the Lord’s Supper so that our sins are forgiven. We will encourage people to be properly prepared to take the Lord’s Supper through instruction and personal devotion.

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”. Matthew 26:27-28

Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25; Jeremiah 31:31-34

Affiliation

Journey of Faith is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.