With all Christians, we affirm the truth of the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Lutherans identify with the theology of Martin Luther, a Catholic monk whose efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Catholic Church launched the Reformation of the 16th century. As Lutherans, our beliefs are anchored by a few key concepts.
We believe that the Scripture is the final authority on all matters of faith and life.
We believe that we are saved only by God's mercy and forgiveness and not by works of righteousness. We believe that salvation can never be earned.
Lutherans do believe that faith in Jesus is necessary for salvation. However, we understand that such trust is the work of God the Holy Spirit active through the Word and the Sacraments to create such faith. We understand that simple trust in the promises of God in Jesus Christ is our salvation. However, good works spring from this faith. We serve because we are faithful and cannot sit by idly and do nothing.
The Lutheran Churches in the United States have grouped themselves, based upon certain historic, theological and ethnic realities into denominations.
St. Timothy is a congregation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The NALC is a fast-growing Christian church in the Lutheran tradition, uniting more than 141,000 Lutherans in more than 400 congregations across North America.
The NALC embodies the theological center of Lutheranism in North America and stands firmly within the global Lutheran mainstream.
We are a church family committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. In keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, we believe all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture.
The NALC has embraced four core values which shape our common life:
We are a church centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve our congregations.