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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (WELS)

What We Believe



The Bible teaches that all people have sinned against God, that is, done what is wrong and contrary to God's commands. The just punishment of sin is to be sent to hell for eternity. However, God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to take upon himself a human nature. He then lived a perfect life for us in our place, and also suffered the pain and agony of hell on the cross where he physically died and then came back to life three days later. His resurrection proved that he had accomplished what he had come to do - save us from sin's punishment of hell. Jesus died for all and all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior will spend eternity in heaven; all who die as unbelievers in Christ will be sent to hell on the Day of Judgement.

We believe in the Triune (Three in one) God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit as clearly revealed in the Bible.

We believe the Bible is inspired or given by God the Holy Spirit who guided human writers as they wrote. We also therefore believe that the Bible is without error since it is not the work of man but of God.

We believe faith is the work of the Hold Ghost through the gospel and is a gift from God - not a work or decision that we do. We believe that baptism is a means in which God works forgiveness in people, creating or strengthening faith - even in infants and children.

We believe that during the Lord's Supper the real body and blood of Jesus is truly present with the bread and wine. Since the Lord commands that only those who understand the real presence of Christ in the Lord's Suppoer should be allowed to receive it, and also in accord with Scriptural fellowship practice, our church practices closed communion.

A more thorough presentation of the teachings of the Bible within our synod can be found in the pamphlet "This We Believe." Ask the pastor for a free copy. A class is regularly offered on the basic teachings of the Bible and we invite you to take part in this class. Contact the pastor about this course.