What We Believe
Whenever we begin to wonder about why we were born or why bad things happen to good people or what God is really like, we are “doing” theology. Theology (from the Greek, "the word about God") deals with our questions about God and how we answer those questions.
In his study of theology, Martin Luther arrived at a bold conclusion that we Lutherans believe is the heart of Christianity: "justification by grace through faith." What that means is that the way our lives turn out - for here and eternity - has nothing to do with how much we try to be good and do good, or how badly we fail in our efforts. Salvation is a pure act of grace on God's part.
The Gospel (the Holy Bible) tells us that God decided to treat us as if we are innocent of any guilt, as if we are saints without any hint of sin, just because God loves us.
And we call ourselves an “evangelical” church, because the word means "those who share good (or God's) news.” Notice the word "angel" in the middle? In the Bible, angels are God's messengers. Although we're no angels, we try to share God's grace by the way we live.