What we Believe

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With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.


Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

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God

God is the eternal creator of all things. We believe that while there is one God He has revealed Himself to be three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Trinity). 

Jesus

Jesus is the second person of the Trinity. For our sake, He took on human flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary. Thus, He is both fully God and fully man. As man, He lived the perfect life we could not and died the death we deserve for our sins, so that we might receive forgiveness in His name. He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, sitting at the right hand of the Father. On the last day, He will come again to judge both the living and the dead.

Bible

We hold that the Bible is the very Word of God. The human writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, and, as such, the true author and authority behind the Bible is God. Since the Bible is God's Word to all people, it is also infallible and without error. 

Man/Sin

Man was created in God's image as the crown of His creation. This perfect image of God was lost when Adam and Eve ate from the tree they were commanded not to eat from and, thus, fell into sin.

We believe that all people are born sinful (original sin). This original sin stems from the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Since we are born sinful, we cannot hope to earn salvation. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we would be unable even to come to faith, and it is only through this faith given to us by the Holy Spirit that we can receive the grace and mercy of God that was won for us by Jesus on the cross.

Salvation

Because everyone is born with original sin and cannot hope to fulfill the Law of God, for our sake God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. By His life, death, and resurrection, forgiveness of sins has been won for us. We can only obtain this forgiveness as a gift of grace from God through faith, which is also a gift given us from God.

The Church

The Church is a body of believers. We have been called by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament to bear witness to the love the Father who has shown to us in His Son's life, death, and resurrection. The Church has been gifted with pastors who are to teach its members and equip them to spread the Good News of God's love to all people.

Sacraments

We hold that there are two sacraments in the Church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. In Baptism, through water and the Word we are cleansed from all our sin and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Lord's Supper, we believe that we receive not only bread and wine but also the very body and blood of Christ, "in, with, and under" the bread and wine. Through this sacrament, our faith is strengthened, and we receive the forgiveness of sins that was won for us by Christ on the cross as He died the death we deserve.

If you want to know even more about what we believe, please check out the LCMS website. Here's some links to get you started! We also welcome you to contact our pastor!

 

  • Who is Jesus?
  • Lutheran Confessions
  • LCMS FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions" about LCMS beliefs and positions on topics including the Bible, worship, congregational life, moral and ethical issues, and how we differ from other denominations)
  •  “What About?” (“What About?” is a series of 27 pamphlets written by former Synod President Rev. Dr. A.L. Barry. The series addresses doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the church to help Christians grow in their understanding of these important questions.)