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What We Believe

CLHS is firmly rooted in God's Word, the Holy Bible (aka, "Scripture").   It is the source and norm of our teaching about God, discipleship, life, and morality.  We believe the entire Bible records God acting in history to redeem and rescue this broken, imperfect, and screwed up world through His Son Jesus, the Christ.  We believe that The Bible teaches three main points about the Christian worldview.  These main points are:

Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly (Ephesians 2:4-10; Romans 5:8) 

Faith Alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him (Romans 3:19-28).

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine (John 8:31-36;  John 20:30-31).

 We also believe the following about:

THE WORD

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21), the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (Matthew 5:18; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5).

 

GOD

The Lord God is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfection (2 Corinthians 13:14). God is not hidden, as though we must search to find him. Rather, he has revealed himself to us, that we might know him. He is the creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1). He has always existed, never having a beginning, never ending (Revelation 21:6), and never changing (Psalm 102:27; Malachi 3:6). He is the most beautiful of all things (Psalm 27:4). He is love (1 John 4:16) and he loves the world (Hosea 2:23; John 3:16). He is holy (Isaiah 6:3), he is merciful and forgiving (Daniel 9:9), he is compassionate (Exodus 34:6) he is just and rules the world with justice (Psalm 67:4).

 

THE FATHER

God the Father is the creator and sustainer of life. He spoke the world into being (Genesis 1:1). Throughout history the Father has shown himself to have a track record of pursuing and loving people even in their ignorance, apathy, and rebellion (Jeremiah 31:3). The Father desires to be known by all people (1 Timothy 2:4). He delights in loving the  people whom he created (Zephaniah 3:17; Ezekiel 33:11).

 

THE SON

Jesus Christ is true God with the Father and the Spirit – not merely a good man or a moral teacher. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1-2, 14;Luke 1:35; Colossians 1:19). Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. His resurrection from the dead was literal and physical (1 John 2:2; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3-5). The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father, where he is our high priest, mediator, intercessor, and advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is true God with the Father and the Son–therefore not merely the power or energy of God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16). We believe that we cannot by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, or come to Him (Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:3); but the Holy Spirit has called us by the Gospel, enlightened us with His gifts, sanctified and kept us in the true faith (Titus 3:5). The Holy Spirit indwells his people and gives them spiritual gifts that are manifested in numerous ways (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).

 

CONDITION OF HUMANITY

Humanity was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), but through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. We are by nature sinful to the core and rebellious toward God (Psalm 51:5, Genesis 8:21, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23-24, Ephesians 2:1-3, 12). Left to ourselves, we are utterly unable to remedy our lost condition (Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Psalm 51: 5).

 

SALVATION

Salvation is free. It is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12) of God that is received through faith in Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sin (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18 19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16). No amount of good work or effort or church attendance or religious activity can be done to earn our way into heaven (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:28). Through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior (John 17:3), anyone can be assured that he/she will spend eternity with God.

 

HUMANITY IN CHRIST, THE CHURCH

Through Christ’s sacrifice, humanity was redeemed, made heirs of God’s love, and adopted as his children (Romans 5:12-19). In Christ, humanity is connected with God and made whole. In Christ, humanity knows joy and purpose. In Christ, humanity experiences true freedom and full life (John 8:36, Galatians 5:1, John 10:10). He gives us a new heart, new desires, and new perspective. The church is a body of people from all times and all places who have been made alive to the Truth of God by the Spirit, and have put their faith in the work of Christ alone as their Savior from sin (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). The church is not something we go to, nor is it something we do. Instead, the church is something we are. The church is here not just for itself, it exists to serve all people and adore the One – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 12:1-3, Isaiah 49:6, Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

 
 
 
Concordia Lutheran High School is a Christian school and is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  This association is not sectarian, discriminatory, nor elitist in nature.  Our Synod is a partnership of churches, schools, and institutions who have the goal of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ with excellence in our context.  All organizations in The LCMS share resources to provide our world with needed aid (physically, spiritually, and emotionally).  Currently our Synod has joined a global initiative to eradicate malaria.  Our churchbody also sponsors universities, missionaries, K-12 schools, and other initiatives to share Christ with our world.  Each organization within the Synod shares a common, Biblical point of view.  This point of view can be evaluated at our Synod's "Belief and Practice" page.