What We Believe
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The LCMS teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Baptism and Lord’s Supper.
We believe the Bible is God’s Holy, inspired word to the world that He created. The Bible’s primary purpose is to bring God’s love and powerful presence so that lives might be transformed.
We believe God is a personal being who has revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, three persons.
We believe people are precious to God…yet imperfect by nature. Their sin has separated them from God.
We believe Jesus is God demonstrating His plan to conquer our separation from Him. He is true God and true man, our Savior, who paid the full price for humanity’s sin before God by dying on the cross and rising victoriously from the dead.
God’s Spirit generates faith in people’s lives, gathers people together as the Church, showers people with His gifts, and through the Word and the Sacraments, empowers believers to live lives marked by Christ’s love.
We believe people are rescued from sin through faith in Jesus Christ. This faith comes only from the Holy Spirit as a free gift, worked through the words of the Bible and the Sacraments.
Baptism and Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) are God’s activities, combining common elements with the power of His Word to work faith in the lives of those whom He has claimed as His children.
We believe that the Church was created by God to be His visible presence in the world. Though made up of imperfect believers, God accomplishes His perfect work through those He has claimed and empowered with the gift of His Spirit and of faith.
Core Lutheran Beliefs
Being “Lutheran,” our congregation accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.