Bethesda Lutheran Church of Hot Springs Believes:
That there is only one true God: the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians. 8:4; Matthew 28:19)
That the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, reliable in all its parts, and the only standard for faith and life (2 Timothy. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; John 10:35
That all human beings are sinful from birth, separated from God, and need to be reconciled to him (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-12; John 6:44).
That by his suffering and death on the Cross, Jesus Christ made complete payment for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 4:25 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Luke 19:10).
That we receive the benefits of Christ’s redemption through faith. When one believes that Jesus died and rose again for him, then he is added to God’s family and is assured of eternal life (John 11:25-26; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:22).
God’s Spirit uses the preaching of the Word as well as the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy communion to strengthen and preserve us in the faith (Acts 2:38-42; Isaiah 55:10-11).
Christ will return at the Last Day to judge the living and the dead (Matthew 25:31-46).
Sola Scriptura – Sola Gratia – Sola Fide
The “three solas,” namely: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, and Sola Fide are three phrases used in connection to the Lutheran Reformation in the 16th Century. These three Latin phrases mean: “Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, and Faith Alone.” The phrases are the benchmark of confessional Lutheranism today and continue to be proclaimed at Bethesda.
1530 Luther Rose
This seal was designed by Dr. Martin Luther while teaching at Wittenberg and has become the primary emblem of the Lutheran Church. Comprising it are: the black cross for faith in Christ crucified; red heart for faith in the Savior; white rose to show the faith that brings joy and peace; blue sky to denote that such faith begins the heavenly joy to come; and a gold ring surrounding all to signify bliss in heaven is endless.
1984 LCMS Cross
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod logo is three crosses in one. It declares, “We worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in unity.” The top points upward toward God in prayer and openly receives God’s grace. The lower points down, as if to embrace the world with God’s love. The 12 individual parts of the logo cross remind us of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles. The four arms appear to be in motion, as we urgently tell the word what God’s love in Jesus Christ means to us and, uniquely, as Missouri Synod Lutherans.
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