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Locations & Times

When:
Sunday @ 10:00am

Where:
September 4th
(Labor Day weekend)
Camp Lutherhaven
3258 W Lutherhaven Rd
(click for directions)
720 E Poplar Ave
Coeur d'Alene  ID  83814
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Statement of Faith

"Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."     2 Timothy 1:13

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has a duty to preserve the faith "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3) as well as to preach the whole counsel of God (2 Tim 4:1,2). Throughout history God's people have fulfilled this imperative by writing creeds, statements of faith, to summarize the most important elements of biblical doctrine.

Among these historic creeds, we subscribe to the ecumenical creeds including the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed (c. AD 381), and the Definition of Chalcedon (c. AD 451). In addition, our formal doctrinal statement is the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) - with a few exceptions. Because the Westminster Confession is so extensive, we have also adopted an Evangelical Statement (adapted from the National Association of Evangelicals) which summarizes some of our central convictions.

Though we subscribe robustly to these creeds, the Scriptures themselves are our final and infallible authority for both faith and practice.

The Ecumenical Creeds

The Apostles' Creed

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin, Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hades; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. * catholic', meaning universal, not Roman Catholic

The Nicene Creed (c. AD 381)

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin, Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And we believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the Prophets. And we believe in one holy, catholic* and apostolic Church; acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. * catholic', meaning universal, not Roman Catholic

The Definition of Chalcedon (c. AD 451)

Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.

An Evangelical Statement

We believe the Bible to be the only inerrant Word of God. It is our only ultimate and infallible authority for faith and practice.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is omnipotent, that is, He is all-powerful. He is omnipresent, that is, He is present throughout all Creation but not limited by it. He is omniscient, that is, nothing is hidden from His sight. In all things He is limited by nothing other than His own nature and character. We believe the God we serve is holy, righteous, good, severe, loving and full of mercy. He created the heavens and earth, and everything in them, in the space of six ordinary days, and all very good. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Governor of everything that has been made.

We believe in the true deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit, acknowledging Him together with the Father and the Son in the works of creation and redemption.

We believe that because of Adam's sin all mankind is in rebellion against God. For the salvation of such lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone, and that faith without works is dead.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost; those who are saved to the resurrection of life, and those who are lost to the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Westminster Confession of Faith

A copy of the Westminster Confession is available for download as a PDF.

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