Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC)
Bible-based, Christ centered, Gospel focused

We Believe

  • There is one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
  • We have rebelled (sinned) against God. The punishment for sin is death and eternal separation from God in hell.
  • God sent his Son, Jesus, to take the penalty of our sin upon himself. He paid that penalty by dying on the cross.
  • When we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus that he died and rose from the grave, we are saved through His grace and mercy. Our sins are forgiven and we will have eternal life with God in heaven.
  • The Bible is the inspired, inerrant (without error) written Word of God. It is the complete and sole source for our faith and daily living.

What We Believe

We accept and believe in the Holy Bible, the Old and New Testament, as the complete written Word of God, preserved to us by the Holy Spirit for our salvation and instruction. It is free from error and is therefore the final authoritative guide for faith and conducting our lives.
There is one God eternally existent in three distinct persons in one divine essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Father

God the Father has revealed Himself as the Creator and preserver of the universe, to Whom the entire creation and all creatures are subject.

God the Son

Jesus Christ is God the Son. He is the Eternal Son, the image of the invisible God. To accomplish our redemption, He became fully human, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus Christ, who is true God and true man, by His perfect obedience and substitutionary death on the cross, has purchased our redemption. He arose from the dead for our justification in the body in which He was crucified. He ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father. He will come a second time personally, bodily, and visibly to gather the believers unto Himself and to establish His kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead and make an eternal separation between believers and unbelievers. His kingdom shall have no end.

God the Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit is a divine person eternally one with the Father and with the Son. Through the Word of God He convicts people of sin, persuades them to confess their sinfulness to God and calls them to faith through the Gospel. He regenerates, sanctifies, and preserves believers in the one true faith. He comforts, guides, equips, directs, and empowers the church to fulfill the great commission.
Jesus Christ is God the Son. He is the Eternal Son who has always existed. He existed before all things were created and through him all things came into being. Because of his love for us, Jesus became human, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Through his death on the cross, he paid the penalty for our sins. It is only by faith in Jesus that we have salvation. He is our Lord and Savior.
God created Adam and Eve in His image to live in fellowship with Him. They fell into sin through the temptation of Satan and thereby lost fellowship with God. Through their disobedience the entire human race became totally depraved, that is, self-centered sinners who oppose God, and who by nature are unable to trust, fear or love Him. They are subject to the devil, and are condemned to death under the eternal wrath of God.
Eternal salvation is available to every living human being on earth by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This salvation consists of an instantaneous aspect (justification) and an ongoing, continual aspect (sanctification).
The knowledge and benefit of Christ’s redemption from sin is brought to the human race through the means of grace, namely the Word and the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Christ gives to the communicants His body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. He declares the forgiveness of sin to all believers, and strengthens their
Baptism is not a mere church rite, but a divine ordinance which is to be observed by all Christians. The command to baptize was given by Jesus as emphatically as was that of preaching the Gospel. In the Sacrament of Baptism, God offers the benefits of Christ’s redemption to all people and graciously bestows the washing of regeneration and newness of life to all who believe. Because the sinfulness of human nature passes on from generation to generation and the promise of God’s grace includes little children, we baptize infants, who become members of Christ’s believing church through baptism.
The Lutheran confessions are a summary of Bible doctrines. We adhere to the following confessional writings: The Apostles’ Creed, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, unaltered Augsburg Confession, and Luther’s Small Catechism.
We believe marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union. God created the first marriage as a sacred covenant relationship between one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation, companionship, and dominion over creation. (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.

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