GOD and HIS GRACE
God is our heavenly Father. He created us and offers abundant life. Jesus - the Messiah, God's only Son, also became a man at conception by God the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary and was born humbly in Bethlehem. Jesus fulfilled God's law and lived a perfect life and died in our place to rescue us from the punishment of our sins - eternal death and separation from God. On the first Easter, He rose from the dead to show He had conquered death. He will return someday to raise all the dead (even those who don't believe in Him as their Lord), and bring all believers in Him to eternal life in His home in heaven.
God's Holy Spirit works through God's Word to enter our lives, giving faith as a free gift, equipping us with spiritual gifts to serve so others see Jesus in us. We are saved only through faith in Christ, so that all who believe in Christ will have eternal life. The apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 2.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, giving assurance of salvation and fruitful direction for living. Out of joy for what God has done, we will respond with good works that please Him.
God wants all to be saved and to be involved in bringing Good News to the world and "making disciples," that is, followers of Jesus. We are privileged to offer: Holy Baptism, God's gift of being washed with God's Word and water for forgiveness and our spiritual birth and adoption into God's family; and the Lord's Supper as His family meal, where Jesus gives us His real body and blood together with the bread and wine for our forgiveness, to nourish our faith, and proclaim Jesus' death and resurrection to the world.