What We Believe
We believe that there is one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God, the Father, brought the world into being. Jesus, the Son, came to reveal God to humanity and restore us back to the Father. And the Holy Spirit guides our hearts and shows us God’s calling.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and that the scriptures within it were inspired by his Spirit. We believe that people throughout history were moved to write these scriptures so that we may better know God in our own lives.
We believe that all people are created to have a relationship with God. But each of us has become separated from him by our thoughts, words, and actions. We believe that we cannot restore this relationship through our own efforts – we need Jesus. We believe that salvation comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for us, and that all who believe in him are redeemed. Faith in Jesus Christ – an honest, true faith – makes us right with God.
We believe that prayer is a way for us to discern God in our lives. In prayer, we can learn more about ourselves – our strengths, our failings, our purpose, and our meaning – and we come to understand the truth of God as he moves in our hearts.
We believe that the Christian life is all about relationships. It’s about sharing experiences, supporting others, and being generous. It’s about loving and growing. It’s about knowing God in a deeply personal way. Jesus told his disciples to love one another as he loved them – fully and without condition. We’ve made it our mission to help people know this kind of love – with God and with one another.
As followers of Jesus, we have a responsibility to our community. To reach out in helpful ways to those around us. To share love and joy, and to share in times of sorrow and sadness. To serve those in need with sincere hearts. We believe that following Jesus means loving all people. And as a church, we work together to make our community a better place.
We believe that baptism is a special act that makes us members of God’s family. Through simple water and the power of God’s name, we invite the Holy Spirit to work in us, giving us God’s gift of grace and planting the seed of faith by which we can know him more.
At the last meal with His disciples, Jesus said to “Take and eat” and “Take and drink”. This was during the Passover meal celebrated by Israelites since their rescue from Egypt. It is also our celebration of being rescued from sin, shame, and fear.
At Christ Lutheran Vail we celebrate communion every Sunday. This helps us focus on the sacrifice of Jesus and our continued connection to him and other followers. When you commune with us, you join with the Christian Church throughout time to celebrate all God does in this world. All baptized Christians who agree to pursue our mission are welcome to participate.