What We Believe
For thousands of years, Christians around the world have united in proclaiming their common faith stated in the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed was written around A.D. 325 in defense of the true Christian faith. The Council at Nicea developed it, expanding on the deity of Christ, in order to safeguard the apostles’ teaching
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and became fully human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
For further clarity about the faith we profess as part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), we offer the following statements:
- We believe the Bible to be inspired by God and thus the authoritative Word of God, without error in what it teaches.
- We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who we are to love with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
- We believe in the true deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in HIs vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, the position of all rule and authority, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin all fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, so that every faculty of our humanity is corrupted by sin.
- We believe that it is the gracious work of the Holy Spirit alone that brings salvation and new life to lost and sinful people.
- We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to humanity by grace and received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that faith is alive and so works will accompany faith, however faith is not dependent on works.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells within God’s people and gives them the strength, desire and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
- We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God enter the Kingdom of God and its blessings and obligations. As citizens of the Kingdom, we are to seek the good of all by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
- We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that God created us male and female in His image, that gender identity may not be detached from the biological sex of the human body, and that marriage or matrimony is a covenantal, procreative union of one man and one woman.
- We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to put all things to rights and to receive His people to Himself.
- We believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
This statement of faith is not an exhaustive list of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the propeller conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of Holy Word Christian Academy’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Education working with our pastoral staff is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.