At Shepherd of the Valley, we exist to
Connect all people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, small groups, and serving.
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.