What We Believe

What We Believe

The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God and the final authority for faith and life.

The Godhead
We believe that the only true God is the Triune God; eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.

The Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a sacrifice on our behalf, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God as our Prophet, Priest, and King. We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead.

The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit sanctifies, purifies, strengthens, and comforts all believers. The Holy Spirit is the promised gift of God to serve as counselor and comforter. No one can confess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord apart from the Holy Spirit’s power. The Spirit does God’s work in recreating us through the washing of regeneration and renewal of our Baptism. The Spirit of God provides fruit within our souls so that we might live to His glory. The Holy Spirit also provides gifts for us to praise, honor and serve the Lord.

We believe that humanity is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. We believe that God desires ALL people to be saved and know the truth and that He loves all people and wants them to come to love Him and each other.

The Sacraments
We believe that God has created a means for which we are connected to His love and grace. Through Baptism, the Holy Spirit offers all people new life and makes us God’s children – His new creation (John 1:12-13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38). Christians of the Lutheran tradition believe that in the Sacrament of Holy Communion we are truly receiving the very body and blood of our Risen Lord Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine. This is according to His Word and promise, and not according to our human understanding or intellect. In Holy Communion, God offers believers the forgiveness of sins, increases the depth of their faith, and the assurance of eternal life (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51).

Redeemer Lutheran Church
5120 Harrison Road | Fredericksburg, VA 22408