What We Believe

We believe ...

that God created the universe and everything in it, and that he created humans as the crown of creation and as moral beings for a life of worship and service to God (Isaiah 43:7, Psalm 100).

We believe ...

that we turned our back on God's will and purposes (that is, we 'sinned'), and in our rebellious and sinful condition we stand helpless and hopeless under the judgement of God (Romans 3:12,23).

We believe ...

that God gave his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of all of us, and that the good news of his love in Christ is for all people everywhere (John 3:16, Romans 3:24).

We believe ...

that everyone who, by the working of the Holy Spirit, accepts in personal faith what Jesus Christ has done by his death on the cross and by his resurrection, receives forgiveness from God, becomes a child of God and a member of his church (Acts 16:31, Romans 3:22).

We believe ...

that God has revealed eternal truth to us in his inspired, inerrant word, the Bible, and that it alone is the basis of the Christian faith (2 Timothy 3:15-17, John 17:17).

We believe ...

that God offers his grace and forgiveness to all people, including infants, in the sacrament of baptism. We also believe that in the sacrament of the Lord's supper, the body and blood of Christ are given in, with and under bread and wine, as a further assurance of personal forgiveness to believers.

We believe ...

that the word of God and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper are the means through which the Holy Spirit can work in people to give faith and spiritual life to them and to the church.

We believe ...

that Christians, though still subject to sin and failure, will show love to God in a life of loving service to other people, practising forgiveness, kindness, patience, humility and unselfish service of others for Christ's sake.

We believe ...

that Christians are called into the church to praise and worship God, to receive the Spirit's renewal for their faith, to strengthen their fellow believers, and to carry out God's mission of taking the good news of his saving love to all people.

We believe...

that God will raise up all people on the last day and that every person who believes in Jesus as Saviour will be given eternal life.

We confess ...

what we know from God's word as expressed in the Lutheran Confessions, which include the historic creeds (Nicene, Apostles and Athanasian), the Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism.

You can find more information on the Lutheran Church of Australia's web page

http://www.lca.org.au/what-lutherans-believe-3.html

Elements Inside a Church

Inside many churches there are various items and areas that are used during worship and all have their special place.

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Altar (back centre) – a focal point where we recognize God is with us and comes to serve us. It is where we place Holy Communion and also the where we place our offerings

Baptismal Font (front right) - where people receive the gift of Baptism

Bible - the open Bible on the altar and lectern reminds us God speaks in his word.

Candles - remind us of the presence of Jesus “the light of the world”. The large candle on the right reminds us of Easter and baptism

Crosses/Crucifixes - the small cross on the altar reminds us Jesus died to forgive and save the world, while the cross (at the top) is empty to remind us that Jesus is no longer dead, but risen and alive again for us

Lectern (left) - where we hear God's word read during worship

Paraments - the cloths hanging off the altar, lectern and pulpit. The colours and depictions change when the seasons of the church year change

Pulpit (right) - where God speaks to us through Pastor's sermons

Sacraments (Communion)