Through Jesus Christ, God's Son and our Lord, we come to know God as one who is willing to carry a cross for all of humankind. The birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus all testify to God's love for us; and it is out of responding to Jesus' call that we strive to serve our neighbors.
Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God. We also experience God's Word through the Scriptures as they are read, studied, and proclaimed. Our worship, preaching, and time for Bible study are all centered on treasuring God's Word.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 14, Jesus promised his disciples that the Spirit of truth would dwell with them after he was gone. It is the Holy Spirit who calls us into our community and out into the world.
Scripture testifies to God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As a trinitarian church, Prince of Peace confesses the faith described in the ecumenical Apostles,' Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a Lutheran church, Prince of Peace accepts the writings of the Book of Concord as true witnesses to the Christian faith.
Where is the True Church?
In the midst of all the confusion in churches during the Reformation, early Lutheran leaders wrote in the Augsburg Confession where they believed the true church could be found:
It is also taught that at all times there must be and remain one holy, Christian church. It is the assembly of all believers among whom the gospel is purely preached and the holy sacraments are administered according to the gospel.
For this is enough for true unity of the Christian church that there the gospel is preached harmoniously according to a pure understanding and the sacraments are administered in conformity with the divine Word. It is not necessary for the true unity of the Christian church that uniform ceremonies, instituted by human beings, be observed everywhere. As Paul says in Ephesians 4[:4-5]: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Augsburg Confession, Article VII).
In other words, the Church is not where the most perfect people are found, but where God's perfect works are found: the gifts of Word and Sacrament.