Beliefs

 

We are Lutheran

These five “solas” (only’s) are statements that came out of the Reformation to describe what a Lutheran church is:

SOLA SCRIPTURA - Lutherans stand on Scripture as their foundation of faith.
SOLA FIDE - Lutherans believe faith alone saves apart from works.
SOLA GRATIA - Lutherans believe that it is only by God's grace that we are saved.
SOLUS CHRISTUS - Lutherans believe that it is through Christ's work alone that we are saved.
SOLI DEO GLORIA - Lutherans believe that the glory for our salvation goes to God alone.

 

We are Evangelical

The word evangelical is used quite a bit to describe Christians. Grace uses the term to describe itself too, but the meaning might be different. When Grace says it is evangelical, we mean that we are gospel centered. Our focus is on Jesus Christ and his work for us--his life, death, and resurrection.


We are WELS

The WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) is a group of confessional Lutheran Christians founded in 1850 near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We are in all 50 states and in 24 foreign countries, with a membership of 360,000 members. Learn more about our churchbody at wels.net.


The Bible

Grace is a Bible-based church. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the only authority in matters of doctrine and faith, and as such, is free of error. We believe that the Bible is God's written revelation of himself to us. In his Word, he teaches us everything we need to know in order to gain salvation from him. We believe that in the Bible, there are two main teachings: Law and Gospel. God uses the Law to show us our sin and our need for a Savior, and he uses the Gospel to show us that his great love for us provided a Savior -- Jesus -- to earn our salvation for us. We believe that God uses his Word and his Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts and create saving faith in us.
 

The Creeds

Grace is an apologetic church. This means that we "apologize" (defend) our faith using the words of three creeds from the time of the early Christian church: The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed. These creeds are not the inspired words of God, but are accurate expressions of Biblical teaching that were used to refute error in the early Christian church. They are still accurate and relevant today.
 

The Confessions

Grace is a confessional Lutheran church. This means that we subscribe to the writings of Martin Luther and other theologians from the Reformation era who spoke against the errors that had crept into the Christian church. As with the creeds, their writings are not the inspired words of God, but they are correct expositions of Biblical teaching.