What We Believe
At St. James, we are conservative Christians. What does that mean?
We confess the Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — as revealed to us in the Bible.
We believe in the inerrancy, the infallibility, the sufficiency, and the efficacy of Holy Scripture.
We believe that Jesus Christ is both true God and true man and was born in the flesh, lived, and died on the cross to vicariously atone for our sins and the sins of the whole world… and that he rose on the third day and lives to all eternity.
We believe that faith is a gift from God and that all who believe will join Him in the resurrection of the life to come.
We take God at his word and believe him when He says through Peter that “baptism now saves you.” We also believe Christ when he says, “This is my body; this is my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”
We believe that God spoke to us through the prophets, the apostles, and through the incarnate Jesus Christ and continues to speak to us today through Holy Scripture.
We believe in the importance of properly dividing the Word of Truth by distinguishing between law and gospel.
We believe that the Church is the bride of Christ and has been instituted by God to forgive sins and to proclaim His holy name until He returns.
We believe that pastors are called and commanded by God to forgive the sins of repentant sinners and to preach His Word to all the world.
And we stand with the rest of confessional Lutheranism by boldly proclaiming about all of the above: This is most certainly true.
This we believe, teach, and confess.
The following are excellent resources to learn more about the Christian faith.