What We Believe
Salem is firmly rooted in the traditions and the theology of the Lutheran denomination.
We trace our theological roots back to the teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, a 16th century theologian and reformer, who taught that we receive salvation not because of the works in which we engage in this life, but purely out of God's love, which is received by God's grace through our faith.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, and that they are the norm of faith and life. We believe that it is through the Holy Scriptures that God's love and mercy, as well as God's plan for salvation through Jesus Christ, are revealed and, hence, we encourage all persons to engage with the Bible on a daily basis, whether through personal devotions or group study.
We confess the three ecumenical creeds (The Apostles', The Nicene and The Athanasian), and follow the teachings set forth by the Reformers in The Book of Concord, particularly the unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism.
We affirm the necessity and centrality of two sacraments to one's faith life, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Through these sacraments we receive, through a tangible sign (water and bread and wine) and associated words, the grace of God. We believe that all persons are welcomed and encouraged to come to the font once in their lives, for the promises of baptism are for life, and to come to God's table, to be fed and nourished, as often as is necessary for them.