Faith Lutheran Church, Geneva, IL IN THE RIVER AND FULL OF LIFE
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What We Believe
What we believe the Bible teaches about God.
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, which means the Holy Spirit told people what to write as God’s Holy Word. Therefore the Bible is completely true and without error.  Everything taught at Faith is firmly grounded in the Bible.  (Isaiah 55:10-11;  2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
  • There is only one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This revelation of three persons in one God is called the Trinity. (Matthew 3:16-17)
  • God is the creator of everything that exists. He created all things out of nothing by His all-creative Word, as expressed in Genesis 1 and John 1. The theory of evolution is not a Biblical idea.
  • All human life is precious to God and should be protected and supported from conception to natural death. (Psalm 139:13-16)
  • The marriage of one man and one woman is the natural plan of God for love, support, unity and the blessing of raising children.  (Genesis 2:24; Matthew19:5–6; Ephesians 5:31; 1 Corinthians 7:2)
  • Every person has original sin. Adam and Eve, the man and woman created by God in the beginning, disobeyed God’s will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have inherited this sinful condition called original sin. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12)
  • Actual sin is disobeying God’s law and transgressing His holy will in thought, word or deed. (Romans 3:23)
  • People cannot save themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God.  All people need Jesus to be their Savior. (Ephesians 2:8-9,         Romans 6:23)
  • God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God's law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin, and rose from the dead so that we may be given eternal life. (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:3)
  • Jesus' death on the cross has paid the penalty of sin.  Jesus has the right to forgive the sins of those that look to Him to be their Savior.  (Hebrews 7:26-27, 1 John 2:2)
  • The Holy Spirit was sent to earth so people could be filled with supernatural faith and trust in a holy and loving God. God the Holy Spirit moves the heart of the believer to repent of sin, trust in Jesus as Savior, and to believe in everything taught in the Bible.          (Acts 1:5, 8, Acts 2:1-21, Acts 2:38-39)
  •  We believe the powerful Word of God is at work in the Sacraments that all Christians were told to make a part of their relationship with Jesus.  We believe a Sacrament must be commanded by Jesus, use a physical element and give the forgiveness of sins.  We believe the Bible has two sacraments that were commanded by Jesus, Baptism and Holy Communion.   The Bible tells us that God gives forgiveness through Baptism and Communion.  (Mark 1:4, 8, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38) (Matt 26:28)
  • The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and Jesus to be at work in our lives until Jesus comes again.  Therefore the full power, work and gifts of the Holy Spirit are still at work today. 
  • The outpouring of the Holy Spirit and His gifts is God's plan to empower his people until Jesus returns (Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 2:17; 1 Cor. 1:5-7; 13:8-9). The Holy Spirit first works to bring us to faith in Christ, but then continues to preserves us in the faith, gifts and leads each person to serve as a part of the Body of Christ, and empowers and guides his people through a variety of ways, at his initiative and disposal, which includes gifts of the Spirit used to accomplish the mission and ministry of God’s Holy Church. (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Cor. 12:1-11, 18, 28; Rom. 12:4-8).
  • Sanctification is a divine work of God, received by faith, involving a process and series of experiences in the life of the believer in and through which God works by His Word and Spirit to restore His image in the life of the believer (2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:24). Sanctification follows justification and is not complete until Christ's return. Therefore, continual Christian growth through the Spirit is to be sought and desired by every Christian (Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-25; Eph. 4:11-16; Phil. 3:12-16; 2 Pet. 1:5-11; Heb. 6:1-3).