"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). Even before He was born, Jesus has always been with God (John 1:1-3). The Son of God was born into this world to buy us back from sin, and He taught us to address God as "our Father" (Luke 11:2). He is the True Word, which God spoke to create the world. The Holy Spirit was there, too (Genesis 1:2). Together, they are the One true God (Deuteronomy 6:4), who created the heavens and the earth in six days.
Every day since then, God has continually been good and kind to His creation, and the people who live in it. Even after the fall into sin (see Genesis 3), God helped and protected Adam and Eve and their children. The Lord cursed Satan and promised to send a Saviour, "of the woman's seed" (Genesis 3:15) who would crush the devil's head. The Lord also gave Adam and Eve clothes (Genesis 3:21). The Lord provides for every need, great and small.
It's good to pay attention to the details of God's Word, since they all show His holiness, righteousness, and His mercy. All through the ages of the world, the Lord has spoken through various people, including Moses, king David, and all the prophets that He sent to the children of Israel, who were His chosen people. The words of the Old Testament still speak to all people of all nations, telling us about the One true God. The important difference between the true God and false gods is that the Lord is gracious and merciful. He calls us to repent of our sin and turn back to Him in faith. When sinners repent and return to Him in faith, He forgives us and takes away our guilt. As it says in Isaiah 55:6-7, "Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon."
The most important message of the Bible is that God the Father sent His Son Jesus to fulfill all of His promises. Jesus never sinned against the Father, and so we learn from His example that God's Law is good, and so we should always do what He commands. And there are many good commands of God in the Bible. But our salvation does not come from obedience to God's Law, but rather through faith in Jesus. Jesus came into this world to save us because we cannot save ourselves. We are saved by faith in Him (John 3:16). Jesus taught people to believe in Him. When people came to Him to be healed, He healed them and said "your faith has made you well" (Matthew 9:22, Mark 10:51, Luke 17:19). And He taught the truth about God's kingdom in every way.
The religious and political leaders in Israel at the time of Jesus put Him to death. But God demonstrated to the world that Jesus was His Son and the Saviour of the world by bringing Him back to life. As it says in Romans 1:4, Jesus was "declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." For forty days after His resurrection, Jesus gave some final teachings to His disciples before ascending into heaven. He said "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus told His disciples what to do and how to do it. They were to make disciples by baptizing people and teaching them everything He taught, keeping every Word, just as He said.
And that's what Jesus' disciples did. They baptized and they taught Jesus' words, so that people everywhere could know Jesus as our Saviour from sin. They also kept His important commands about how we can confess our sins to one another and forgive each other (John 20:22), and about the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-27). The Holy Spirit still works through these gifts that Jesus gave to us. That is why there are still true disciples of Jesus in the world today.
He IS the Gospel, the Good News of the forgiveness of sins. As He said, "I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6). But the Truth of Jesus is this: He is God's final warning to His creation. Faith in Him saves, but nothing else does. Based on what Jesus said, we believe that He will return "in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30). This is known as "Judgment Day." The day is coming when the dead will be raised, and the angels will be sent to gather the elect. All who believe in Jesus will be declared innocent (Matthew 25:34), and all who rejected Him will be found guilty (Matthew 25:41). As it says, "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). We continue to watch and pray (Mark 13:37), cheerfully doing the work He gives us to do, and waiting in eager expectation for "the sons of God to be revealed" (Romans 8:19).
Thank you for reading about what is believed and taught at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:21).
Our Redeemer is an independent Lutheran congregation located in the suburb of Petrie, which is on the northside of the city of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia. We hold to the Bible as the true word of God and follow only the teachings which God has taught in His Word. We know that salvation comes to us through faith in Christ Jesus alone, and that it is through Christ that we will enjoy eternal life in heaven.
Served by Rev. Daniel Finn, we are in fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia (ELSA), and with the worldwide Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC)
. We are assisted by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)
and enjoy full fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
(NOTE: This page is not an exhaustive list of the Bible's teachings. For a fuller description of the doctrines we believe, please click here
to find an excellent publication by the ELS doctrine committee entitled "We Believe, Teach and Confess." Also, please feel free to contact Pastor Finn, who will happily assist you in finding the answer to any question you might have.)