A Thumbs Up Worldview
Throughout history the Christian church has summarized its adherence to the Word of God through the historic creeds. Following that historical precedent our faith is simply professed in the words of the Apostle's Creed:
I 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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
As a member congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod we subscribe to the beliefs and practices prescribed in Scripture and explained in the Lutheran confessions.
These beliefs are expressed locally at Faith as we seek to faithfully live every relationship in God's way. A memorable way to visualize this is summarized in a "Thumbs Up" worldview:
JESUS Christ (represented by the thumb) is the highest priority for each of us personally and as a congregation. He loves us sacrificially, unconditionally and incarnationally and has freed us from sin and hell. He daily fills us with joy and true peace through His Word and Sacraments. We praise Him as our Savior and honor Him as our Lord. We eagerly serve Jesus with our entire life … personally, as a family at home and as a congregational “Faith family.” We give Jesus our very best in the use of our time, talents and material treasures.
SPOUSE (represented by the index finger) is the next priority in our Faith family. Married couples in our midst cherish their marriage as a reflection of the perfect union between Christ and the church. They know Christ WILL bless and preserve their marriage as they live it out in His way. And, whether married or single, we are ALL “married” to Christ Jesus. Even single members join the rest of the Faith family in receiving and reflecting the sacrificial, unconditional and incarnational love of our perfect Husband, Jesus Christ.
CHILDREN & EXTENDED FAMILY (represented by the middle finger) are the next priority in our Faith family. Parents have a high calling to raise their children in Christian faith. They also have a responsibility to care for the members of their extended family; parents, siblings, in-laws, step-family, etc. As husband and wife love each other in God’s way, they’re teaching their children and other family members about the sacrificial, unconditional and incarnational love of Christ. The rest of the Faith family also prays for, trains and supports each parent in our midst (married or single) in raising children to be lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ. The Faith family also prays for and assists every member in caring for their extended family members with the same love shown to us by our Bridegroom, Jesus.
CHURCH FAMILY (represented by the ring finger) is the next priority for every member of our Faith family. We care deeply for all our fellow disciples of Jesus Christ, first here at Faith, but also for other Christians in our community and throughout the world. We pray regularly for one another. We care for bodily needs as well as emotional and spiritual needs. In word and deed, we use our time, talents and material treasures to support one another. We’re committed to joining together in weekly worship and growth in our understanding of God’s Word.
WORLD-wide relationships (pinky finger) with those who are not yet disciples of Jesus Christ are the final but not at all unimportant priority in our Faith family. We have deep concern for everyone we encounter every day who is not yet free from sin and the threat of hell. We do all we can to make Christ known to them as their own Savior and Lord. We pray for them earnestly. We join our Faith family in all our local efforts to make Christ known. We take part in and support efforts around the world to lead others to receive salvation in Christ and to live out the joyous life of Christian discipleship He freely gives.
More information about church teachings can be found at lcms.org