What we believe

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.  In the Bible, God tells us that we have all sinned and are in need of forgiveness and that through faith in Jesus we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of salvation.  The Bible teaches that God gives us these gifts freely through his grace, mercy, and love.  There is nothing we can do to “earn” our salvation.  We believe that through the Holy Spirit, God’s Word is able to create and strengthen our faith and teaches us how we should live as a new creation in Jesus.     

We love to study God’s Word together!  If any of our beliefs are new or unfamiliar to you, if you want to learn more about what the Bible teaches, or if you just want to spend time with others around God’s Word, please join us at Bible Study every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. or speak to the pastor or an elder.

 

Communion

nullWe celebrate Holy Communion as instituted by Jesus the night before He died for our sins. It is a gift of God for our benefit.  Our Communion practice is in keeping with 1 Corinthians 11:23-29. We believe the very Body and Blood of Jesus is given under forms of bread and wine in this Sacrament, for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our faith. Communing at ULC indicates that you recognize and confess your sins, and agree with the teachings of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (1 Corinthians 1:10).

We welcome EVERYONE to join us as we circle the altar during communion. If you are uncertain or do not share our beliefs, we invite you to join us at the altar for a blessing (please cross your arms over your chest to indicate your desire) and know the pastor and elders would be glad to speak with you.

 

Baptism

 

We believe that in Baptism, through water and the promises of God’s Word, we receive the forgiveness of sins, we are rescued from the power of death and the devil and are given the gift of eternal salvation.  We believe that we receive these gifts through faith, for Jesus himself said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”  (Mark 16:16).  We believe that Baptism is for everyone, including infants and children, and invite anyone who is interested in Baptism or who has questions about what we believe, to speak with the pastor or an elder.


University Lutheran Chapel is a member-congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  For more on what that means and what we believe, please visit lcms.org or michigandistrict.org

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