We believe God inspired the writers of the Bible so that they wrote the words that He wanted them to write. No other source or writing is necessary for salvation or to know about God. Since the Bible is the Word of God, we let the Bible interpret the Bible. We believe the Bible even if it conflicts with popular opinion or human thought.
There is only one God, who has revealed himself to be triune - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created the world in six days, and made it perfect, without sin.
Adam and Eve were tempted by the fallen angel, Satan, and sinned. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve all people have a sinful nature and do sinful things. Sinners deserve physical and eternal punishment.
Jesus is both true God and true man. Jesus took our place and was punished for the sins of all people. Jesus bodily rose from the dead.
God does not want anyone to go to hell, but being a just God he will condemn unbelievers. By Jesus' perfect life, death and resurrection, He paid the price for our sins and earned eternal life for all people. We sinners are declared innocent by God's grace. Whoever trusts what Jesus did to pay for their sins has faith and personally has the forgiveness of sins. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us this faith. He uses the Word of God to create faith in us. The Holy Spirit continues to use the Bible, Baptism and the Lords' Supper to strengthen and preserve faith.
God has told Christians to baptize, applying water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptism washes away sins because the water is connected with God's Word. Infants, also are to be batpized, for God has commanded that all nations be baptized.
In the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper we actually receive the body and blood of Jesus. Through the body and blood of Jesus Christians are given the personal assurance of the forgiveness of sins.
To find out more about what we believe and the Scriptural source for our beliefs, contact Pastor Frey. You can also check out the question and answer section on our synod's website: www.wels.net.