Bethel Lutheran Church

411 N. Montgomery, Gary, Indiana 46403

(219) 938-6677 (Church Office)

What We Believe

 

We believe that God's Holy Spirit is active in the world today, and that God wishes for the entire world to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.  We believe that Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, died on the cross for the sins of humankind, was resurrected on the third day, and will come again in glory to bring about a new heaven and earth (Rev.21).

 

As Lutheran Christians, we believe that salvation is a free gift in Christ Jesus, given to us by grace through faith entirely apart from our own merits or deserving.

 

We believe that the Bible is God's guidepost for our lives.

 

We believe that Christ is truly present in the body and blood of the Lord's Supper and that the sacraments (the Lord's Supper and Baptism) are means of God's grace to God's people.

 

We believe that we are called to lives of holiness and witness to God's mercy.

 

From the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the church body to which we belong:

 

Lutherans believe in the Triune God.  God created and loves all of creation -- the earth and the seas and all of the world's inhabitants.  We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.

 

We are part of God's unfolding plan.  When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere.  When we study the Bible or hear God's word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God's own saving story.

 

The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds.

 

These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

 

The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is part of the ELCA's founding constitution.  The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church:

 

 

(www.elca.org)

 

Please join us for worship this and every Sunday at 10:30 AM!