Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, ELCA

Sharing God's Love



We believe and teach that... Our Core Values are... Our Core Beliefs are...
This congregation accepts... More on ELCA beliefs Home Page

We believe and teach that.....

The word of God speaks to us through the Holy Scriptures.

Jesus Christ is our only Savior, and that He comes to us through Word and Sacrament.

We are saved through faith in Christ, by the grace of God.


Our Core Values are.....

  1. The Great Commission is the reason we share God's love with others! Matthew 28:16-20
    (loving God first then others is vital as we prioritize our lives)

  2. The Great Commandment is the New Commandment is the way of Jesus! John 13:31-35
    (change occurs when we accept Christ as our Forgiver and Leader [Lord and Savior] and submit to God's will)

  3. People Matter to God! Matthew 11:19  
    (compassion for lost/unchurched/pre-Christian people)

  4. We remain faithful to Christ, while living in the world and being Contextual! I Corinthians 9:19-22
    (various styles & Gospel substance foundation)

  5. All people are Equal in the image of God! Galatians 3:27-29
    (equality of age, gender, race and class)

  6. Faith matures through Relationships! John 21:15-19
    (invitation, fellowship events and small groups)

  7. God wants us to live a life of Integrity! Acts 5:1-11
    (Christian faith seven days a week to God, family and others)

  8. Excellence is God's desire for us as we use our time, talents and resources! I Corinthians 9:23-27
    (we strive not for perfection, but excelling in the things we do)

  9. Optimize space through a Hospitality focus! I Thessalonians 1:9-10
    (all places we gather strive to make a welcoming place at home)

  10. Leadership development equips people to make impact! Exodus 18: 1-26
    (training people to grow in their area of ministry)


Our Core Beliefs are.....

  1. Worship is the primary role of the people of God. Exodus 20: 2-6
    (Includes singing, confessing, teaching time and the sacraments for building up the body of Christ)

  2. We believe Jesus died for our sins and we follow Christ's teachings. Acts 2:29-42
    (Includes accepting Jesus Christ as your Forgiver and Leader [Lord and Savior])

  3. We believe that the Biblical truth, the inspired word of God, is the catalyst for change and the basis for community relationships.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 
    (Includes Bible study, Biblical preaching and Biblical leadership)

  4. We believe Sacraments are: gift of God's grace, physical element attached and commanded by Christ.
    Acts 16:13-15
    (Includes Baptism (infants/adults) and Holy Communion)

  5. We believe in God : Father, Son and Holy Spirit = Trinity. Matthew 28:29:19
    (Includes praying, singing, confessing and proclaiming the Triune God)

  6. We believe that God blesses the apostolic, evangelical, confessional, catholic, ecumenical, liturgical, congregational and historical Church. John 15:1-11
    (Includes the Creeds, open communion and church autonomy) 

  7. We believe Prayer sustains us with strength and encouragement. I Timothy 2:1-4
    (Includes prayer in worship, small groups and daily life)

  8. We believe all are involved in Evangelism. Colossians 1:24-29
    (Includes make Christ known through our sphere of influence and personal style)

  9. We believe Serving Christ in the world is vital. Ephesians 4:11-13
    (Includes serving in the church and community through our Spiritual Gifts)

  10. We believe that Giving of our time, talent and possession is our way we share what God gives us.  Malachi 3:8-12
    (Includes sharing all that we have with Christ, tithing and special offerings) 


This congregation accepts...

  1. the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.

  2. the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this congregation.

  3. 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.

  4.  the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, 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.


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(from the NRSV Holy Bible)

Matthew 28:16-20  Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."



John 13:31-35  When [Judas] had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.  If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.  Little children, I am with you only a little longer.  You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.'  I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have always loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."



Matthew 11:19  "[T]he Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'  Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."


1 Corinthians 9:19-22  For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law.  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law.  To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.



Galatians 3:27-29  As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.



John 21:15-19  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."  A second time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep."  He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.  Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go."  (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, "Follow me."



Acts 5:1-11  But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property;  with his wife's knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet.  "Ananias," Peter asked, "why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us but to God!"  Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard of it.  The young men came and wrapped up his body, then carried him out and buried him.  

                    After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you and your husband sold the land for such and such a price." And she said, "Yes, that was the price."  Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."  Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  And great fear seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.



1 Corinthians 9:23-27  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.  Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.  Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.    So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.



1 Thessalonians 1:9-10  For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.



Exodus 18:1-26  Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel , how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt .  After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro took her back,  along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, "I have been an alien in a foreign land"), and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh").  Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came into the wilderness where Moses was encamped at the mountain of God , bringing Moses' sons and wife to him.  He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, with your wife and her two sons."  Moses went out to meet his father-in-law; he bowed down and kissed him; each asked after the other's welfare, and they went into the tent.  Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel 's sake, all the hardship that had beset them on the way, and how the LORD had delivered them.  Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the LORD had done to Israel , in delivering them from the Egyptians.  

                        Jethro said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh.  Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them."  And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God.  

                        The next day Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening.  When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?"  Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.  When they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make known to them the statutes and instructions of God."  Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good.  You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.  Now listen to me. I will give you counsel, and God be with you! You should represent the people before God, and you should bring their cases before God;  teach them the statutes and instructions and make known to them the way they are to go and the things they are to do.  You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.  Let them sit as judges for the people at all times; let them bring every important case to you, but decide every minor case themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.  If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their home in peace."  

                        So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.  Moses chose able men from all Israel and appointed them as heads over the people, as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  And they judged the people at all times; hard cases they brought to Moses, but any minor case they decided themselves.



Exodus 20:2-6  I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt , out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.


Acts 2:29-44  "Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.  Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, 

                            'He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.'  

               This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, 

                            'The Lord said to my Lord, 

                            "Sit at my right hand,  

                             until I make your enemies your footstool."'  

               Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified."  

                        Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?"  Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."  And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."  So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.  They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  

                        Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  All who believed were together and had all things in common;



2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equiped for every good work.



Acts 16:13-15  On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and talked to the women who had gathered there.  A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth.  The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.  When she and her house were baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home."  And she prevailed upon us.



Matthew 28:19  "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."



John 15:1-11  "I am the true vine and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.  You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.  Abide in me as I abide in you.  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.  Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered together and thrown into the fire, and burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish and it will done for you.  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.  I have said these things to you so that my joy might be in you, and that your joy may be complete."



1 Timothy 2:1-4  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.  This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.



Colossians 1:24-29  I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.  I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.



Ephesians 4:11-13  The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.



Malachi 3:8-12  Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, "How are we robbing you?" In your tithes and offerings!  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me--the whole nation of you!  Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.  I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the LORD of hosts.  Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts.