What We Believe
Our Mission…
Cross of Christ congregation exists to joyously proclaim the gospel of free salvation locally and worldwide.  Through God's Word and Sacraments, we strive to win lost souls for Christ and nurture believers for lives of Christian service.
 
The members of Cross of Christ extend you a hearty welcome!  We are a congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).  The WELS is the third largest Lutheran Church body in the United States.  We began in 1850 when three German pastors met in Milwaukee.  Today, the WELS has grown to about 1,250 congregations in North America with close to a half million baptized souls served by over 1,240 pastors.  The churches of the WELS operate 4 ministerial schools, 370 elementary schools, over 300 early childhood educ. programs and 20+ area Lutheran high schools served by over 2,840 trained teachers.  Together we support over 250 missions at home and over 600 congregations and preaching stations world-wide in 26 countries on 5 continents, served by 100 missionaries and teachers trained in 36 languages.  Our entire Synod walks together in their beliefs and mission.  We, at Cross of Christ, have been preaching the gospel in Boise since 1994.  We do not claim to be the only saving church, but we do endeavor to preserve and to pass on the truth as it is found in the Bible.  Therefore, among other things, we believe, teach and confess:
 
+  that God created mankind and He is to determine how we should live
    (Genesis 1:1-2:25);
+  that God is Triune, three persons but one God, a fact beyond all human
    understanding (1 Cor. 8:4; Mt. 28:19);
+  that we have utterly failed to be what God wants and requires of us and therefore
    He has every right to punish us for our sins and failures (Rom. 3:10-11; 6:23);
+  that although many people try to gain favor with God by their “good” lives and
    “good” works, God has made it clear that no one will get to heaven by their own
    accomplishments (Prov. 16:25; Gal. 2:16; James 2:10; Rom. 3:20);
+  that God is merciful and therefore has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us –
    not by telling us what to do – but by actually doing it for us (Heb. 7:26-27; Gal. 2:16;
    2 Cor. 5:21);
+  that Jesus is both true God and true man in one person (Jn. 1:1-2, 14);
+  that when Jesus died, He paid the full price for the salvation of the world (1 Jn. 2:2);
+  that Jesus rose from the dead, a fact that assures us of both His divinity and our
    salvation (Rom. 1:4; Jn. 11:25-26);
+  that God gives us the benefits of Jesus’ life and death through faith (Rm. 3:28);
+  that the Holy Spirit works faith through the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism
    and the Lord’s Supper (Rm. 10:17; 1 Pet. 3:21; Mt. 26:28)
+  that out of love and gratitude to God for saving us, and to give him honor and praise,
    we want to live God-­pleasing lives (Titus 2:14; Psalm 100:1-5).
 

For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them. ~ Matthew 18:20