Our church’s name is Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church. That probably sounds like a long name, but it’s filled with meaning. Perhaps it can also give you an idea of what we believe.
We are called Prince of Peace, a name for Jesus that reminds us whom we serve and what He offers. God’s own Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords, became a human being, “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” Jesus is true God and true man who came to fulfill God’s law perfectly in the place of sinners—in our place. He suffered and died on a cross to win our forgiveness and peace with God. His resurrection from the dead proves His payment is complete and that He has conquered death. This gives us peace unlike anything in this world, because it lasts forever in the hearts and lives of all who trust in Him. Jesus is our King who promises, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27)
We are Evangelical, a word that means ‘proclaiming good news.’ The good news we proclaim is the gospel, that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) We believe Jesus has paid for the sins of the whole world. Through faith in Christ alone, believers receive God’s gifts of forgiveness, a new spiritual life, and the sure hope of eternal life.
We are Lutheran, which means we teach and emphasize the three great truths of the Reformation:
BY GRACE ALONE. We are forgiven and saved solely as a result of God's undeserved love, for the sake of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection for us. There is nothing human beings can or must do to contribute to their salvation. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
THROUGH FAITH ALONE. All that Jesus did to restore us to a right relationship with God is ours personally through faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit creates and confirms in us this faith, or trust, in Jesus solely through the Gospel communicated in the Bible and in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. “Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)
ON THE BASIS OF SCRIPTURE ALONE. Christian truth and life are established solely by the 66 books of the Bible, God's word-for-word revelation, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error. “All Scripture is God-breathed…” (2 Timothy 3:16)
We are a Church, which comes from a Greek word meaning “called out.” We believe that the Holy Spirit has called us out of the darkness of unbelief to the light of faith. All believers in Jesus are part of the Holy Christian Church. Our local congregation is made up of believers who profess to share the same Bible beliefs and understanding. As a church we join together in unity of faith to carry out Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)