Who We Are
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is part of the LCMS, the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. As Lutherans, we attest to the following core ideas that are sourced in the Reformation and the teachings of Martin Luther.
What We Believe
Sola Gratia: Grace Alone
We believe that God forgives individuals of their sins and saves them from eternal punishment by the goodness and free gift of His grace alone. People cannot earn forgiveness through any good works; rather, they depend on the mercy of God.
"For it is by grace you have been saved through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God!" -Ephesians 2:8
Sola Fide: Faith Alone
Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. His death was sufficient, effectual, and complete for the forgiveness of sins. We put our faith and trust in Jesus--that by his birth, life, death, and resurrection, we have the forgiveness of sins and hope of life everlasting. We do not rely on our own works to make us righteous, but trust that we are justified through faith in the righteousness of Christ.
"Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law." - Romans 3:27-28
Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone
We believe that Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Nothing is missing from the Scripture that is necessary for communicating the Gospel for the salvation of the world. It is trustworthy
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Mission & Vision Statements and Core Values
We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.
God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and thriving communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.
Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.
The "What About" pamphlets (27 total) are anchored in the unchanging truth of God's Holy Word and the faithful exposition of that Word provided in the Lutheran Confessions. Unchanging truth in changing times is precisely what these summaries of Christian doctrine are all about.