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(The following is a brief summary of what Hope believes. This is not intended to be a detailed and fully referenced explanation of all the doctrines Hope adheres to.)

4 Common Christian Beliefs

1. We believe in the Trinity. We do not believe in three gods or a god who is present in three different modes, but in the one God who eternally exists as three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2. We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for salvation for all who believe. Jesus is fully human; fully God who suffered, died, and rose from the dead saving all who believe in him from sin and death. 

3. We accept the whole Bible as the Holy Spirit inspired, authoritative, infallible, Word of God. All 66 books of the Bible are considered the Word of God even if we struggle to fully understand and appreciate them.  

4. We accept & confess the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. These are often called ecumenical creeds as many Christian churches accept these creeds as summaries of the Christian faith.

4 Distinctive Lutheran Beliefs

1. We accept and confess the Lutheran confessional writings known as the Book of Concord as the presentation and explanation of the pure doctrine of the Word of God and a summary of the faith held by the Lutheran Church. These teachings were written by theologians and leaders of the Lutheran church in its early stages. They define the distinctively Lutheran concepts, doctrines, and emphasis.

2. Law & Gospel: The Word of God comes to us primarily in 2 forms often called law and gospel. The law reveals to us our sins, our human limitations, and our inevitable death. In this way, the law establishes our need for the gospel.  The gospel is the good news that God loves us, forgives sins, remains faithful to us and particularly that he saves us through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ purely by faith apart from any good deeds.

3. Word & Sacrament: The grace of God comes to us chiefly in 2 ways known as Word and Sacrament. The Word is the Bible, the correct teaching of the Bible & the proclamation the forgiveness of sins. The sacraments are communion (the Lord’s Supper) and baptism. The sacraments are not understood in a merely symbolic sense but are considered real ways of receiving God’s grace.

4. Saint & Sinner: We are fully righteous through Christ and yet at same time, failing to live the life God intends for us. In the world to come, we will be perfected to the point of no longer sinning. In this life, we continue to trust God that our sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit is sanctifying and keeping us in the true faith.