The Lutheran Reformation – Our Living Heritage
Our Lutheran Identity
Hope is an Evangelical, Sacramental, Confessional, Liturgical Lutheran congregation.
When we say that we are evangelical, we mean that we the central message of the Bible is the good news that our sins are freely and fully forgiven for the sake of Jesus Christ, the eternal. In Christ we are not condemned by God as our sins would deserve. Instead, we are at peace with God, because Jesus has paid for our sins on the cross, and has risen back to life to show that the way to heaven is open for all who believe in him.
When we say that we are sacramental, we mean that God has established certain external means through which the Holy Spirit works to give us faith and the forgiveness of our sins. These means of God’s grace are God’s Word, and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
When we say that we are confessional, we mean that we believe the Bible is God’s revelation to the world of who he is, who we are, and what God has done to save us. When we say that we are confessional, we also mean that we confess our faith in God according to the historic creeds of the Christian Church, and according to the Lutheran Confessions that were written in the 16th century.
When we say that we are a liturgical church we mean that our worship is ordered and structured around our receiving God’s Word and Sacraments in reverent, Christ-centered, devotion
The hymns that we sing, and the orders of service that we follow, reflect the doctrinal content of our faith, and they testify that God has kept his promise to be with his church and preserve it throughout the ages.