Grace Lutheran Pastors
Pastor Aaron Smith, Senior Pastor
Pastor Sam Gomez, Latino Pastor
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We believe the three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God. Our Heavenly Father, who loves each one of us and desires to see us in Heaven with Him. Jesus Christ the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan. The Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.
Being “Lutheran”, means we accept and teach the Bible as God’s inspired and inerrant Word. Our teachings can be summarized as:
Grace 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.
Scripture alone – 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.
Faith alone – 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.
Uniting People in Christ So That Others Experience His Grace
We Work Together
When we work together, Christ works through us.
We Celebrate Grace
We celebrate what God has done for us, and what He’s doing through us.
We Inspire and Empower the Next Generation
We provide the strong foundation to thrive and grow in Christ long term.
We Serve Others in Need
We seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone, anywhere.
We Share the Gospel with Others
We purposefully share the Word by what we say and what we do.
Our Core Values
Relationship – We strive to serve and love one another, believing that mutual interdependence, respect and the combining of our gifts are essential to the fulfillment of our mission. (Philippians 2:3).
Prayer – Our very existence depends upon the will of God. Prayer demonstrates our dependence on and submission to God and His plan for our lives and ministry (Jeremiah 33:3).
Faithfulness – Faithful in daily devotions and daily prayer; faithful in weekly corporate worship; faithful in pursuing spiritual maturity through Bible Study; faithful in sharing Jesus with our world; faithful in putting our faith into action; faithful in serving Jesus Christ and faithful in consistent, sacrificial giving (Psalm 119).
Creativity – To create is to make something new from something old. Because the gospel is the best news that anyone could ever receive, we refuse to present it as dull or boring. We accurately translate and publish the Bible’s inherent vibrancy and color with presentations that are attractive, fresh, intriguing, relevant and compelling (Ephesians 3:8-9).
Integrity – In all our dealings, we will follow the highest ethical standards to ensure our stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. We are responsible before God, one another and all people for our programs, relationships, personal lifestyles and expenditures of time and money (Psalm 41:12).
Excellence – We must work to do God’s will, by His power, with all our heart doing everything in a way that brings glory and honor to Him (Proverbs 22:29).
Obedience – Obedience to the Word and will of God is a prerequisite for the success of any God-honoring life and mission. As a result, we expect obedience to God and view it as a fundamental component to fulfilling the mission of making disciples of Jesus (John 14:15).
Authority – We believe God’s Word to be our infallible authority. In order to accomplish our mission, we must adhere to the principles and practices revealed in God’s inspired Word (Psalm 119:14-16).
The Lutheran Distinctive