Hosanna Lutheran Church’s recent Strategic Planning Committee articulated our Core Values:
The Bible is the Inspired, Inerrant, and Infallible Word of God
The term “ inspired” means that the Bible in the original documents is God-breathed, divine, and because it is divine, the documents are inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16). Inerrancy means that if all Scripture is indeed of God, then it cannot be erroneous. God, being perfect, cannot make mistakes, and He has the power to ensure the original writers wrote down exactly what He intended (2 Peter 1:21). Infallible has a stronger meaning than inerrant. Infallible means the Bible is “incapable of error”. Infallibility means it cannot contain errors; that is, it would not be possible. The Bible cannot contain errors because it is wholly the inspired word of God (2 Peter 1:19).
The Bible is our Guide to Faith
Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. God loves us and gave Himself for us through His Son, Jesus (John 3:16 and Romans 5:8). We are all sinners (Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23). We are saved by grace, a free gift, and not our works (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus wants us to receive the free gift of salvation, which is a priceless inheritance kept by the power of God through faith (I Thessalonians 5:9, Revelation 3:20, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-13, I Peter 1:4-5). We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all sufficient sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ’s atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only path to salvation with the eternal God the Father.
The Bible is our Guide to Conduct
We are to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27). We are to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27) (Matthew 22:36-40). The Ten Commandments (John 14:21).
There is one living, true God, who created all things, holy infinitely perfect, and is eternally existing in a loving unity as three equally divine Persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, Revelation 4:11).
Christ is the head of the church and the church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22– 23). The body of Christ is composed of everyone who believes Jesus Christ is their Savior. Hosanna Lutheran Church is a part of the body of Christ and is purposed to do corporately what all who name the name of Jesus are to do individually – make disciples among all people while bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed, glorify God in worship, obey and honor Him in all we do, gather together to strengthen, support, and guide one another, and finally to be praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:12-14, Col 3:16, Matthew 28:19, Proverbs 31:20. Ephesians 6:12-16).
Make disciples among all people while bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. As members of the Body of Christ it is our responsibility to use our prayers, time, talents, and treasures to live out Christ’s great commission through missions. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 24:46-47, Mark 16:15).