Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Saint Joseph, Illinois
We are a family of believers, united to know Christ and make him known.


OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH:
 
We proclaim the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.  Jesus Christ is the Word of God Incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death and resurrection, God fashions a new creation.  The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God.  Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ.  Through them, God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

We believe that the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of the Church's proclamation, faith and life, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged” (Formula of Concord, Epitome, Part I).

We confess the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.

We confess the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the unaltered Augsburg Confession.

We confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord , namely, the Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord as further valid interpretations of the faith of the church.

We confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for His mission in the world.

This congregation recognizes that all power and authority belongs to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, her head.  Under the lordship of Jesus Christ, this congregation understands itself as a part of the assembly of all believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered according to the Word of God (Augsburg Confession VII).

Commanded by the Lord of the church to go into all the world, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, making disciples and teaching obedience to all that Christ has commanded, this congregation commits itself to fulfill the Great Commission locally, with a pledge to join with others for the sake of reaching out to the world.

This congregation represents locally the mission and ministry of Christ and in a broader sense, the North American Lutheran Church and ultimately the body of Christ in the world.  Recognizing the cooperative relationship that exists as local congregations join one with another for the sake of greater ministry, the congregation is therefore committed to the greater good through cooperative efforts.

As a part of the North American Lutheran Church, this congregation commits itself to be an informed part of the decision making process, participating fully in the greater organization of the mission of Christ beyond the local congregation.