MISSION & BELIEFS

At Shepherd of the Valley, we exist to

Connect all people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, small groups, and serving.

 Beliefs

The Holy Bible is God’s Word. It is God-breathed and our final authority in matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105).
There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. By his death and resurrection he has redeemed us (1 Timothy 3:16, Mark 10:45, Colossians 1:15-20).
The Holy Spirit calls us to faith and the Holy Spirit’s supernatural gifts are available and operative today for all Christians ( Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 1 Corinthians 14:1-25, Romans 12).
Human nature contains selfishness and sin which are not removable by human means (Romans 3:23).
Christ alone provides salvation and a person can be certain of eternal life. We partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone and enter a lifelong process of change and growth (Acts 4:2, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 5:24, Romans 3:28, John 3:16, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20).
We are a part of one true Church made up of all who believe in Christ as Lord. We extend the hand of fellowship to all members of the universal Christian Church (Ephesians 4:4-6, Romans 12:5, Romans 15:7).
We are a people of prayer. God answers prayer and we encourage everyone to grow in prayer (James 5:16, Matthew 18:18-20).
Jesus instituted Holy Baptism and communion. God acts in these sacraments and faith is essential for their effectiveness (Mark 16:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 3:16).
Christ will reappear in power to judge the living and the dead ( Matthew 25:31).
We identify with the renewal movement begun in the Lutheran Reformation. We teach Lutheran themes of grace through faith alone, scripture alone, and Christ alone.

Shepherd of the Valley is affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ and Willow Creek Association.