Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

We believe The Bible (the entire Old and New Testaments) is the inspired Word of God. It doesn’t simply contain God’s Word, but actually is God’s Word and the only source of revealed truth concerning Christ, faith and salvation. This means, clearly, that the Bible contains no errors or contradictions.

We believe God is the Triune God of the Bible: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who has created, redeemed and sanctified all His children. The Triune God may not be understood in terms that indicate something other than the fact that there are three Persons who are Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one God. (For example, the Triune God may not be confessed as the Mother, the Daughter, and the Spirit of the believing community.)

We believe man was created holy and innocent, but of his own free choice he fell into sin, thus separating himself from God.

“The Crucifixion” by Lucas Cranach the Elder

We believe sin is every transgression of God’s Law and has made man deserving of death and eternal damnation. Man is conceived and born in sin and therefore does not have any powers to make himself right with God. Neither can man, because of his sin, make a decision for his Lord in order to become saved.

We believe redemption is the act of God revealed in the Bible and proclaimed by the Church by which Jesus Christ the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, died for the sins of the world and rose again from the dead to prove our redemption.

We believe faith in Jesus Christ is the gift of God through which man is declared righteous before God and forgiven all his sins.

We believe The Sacraments of the Church include Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Holy Baptism, intended for infants and adults, is the means by which the Holy Spirit gives believers forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. In this sacrament, the Holy Spirit creates and sustains our faith in Jesus Christ. Holy Communion* (the Lord’s Supper) gives to us in, with, and under the bread and wine the true body and blood of Christ. Those who commune with faith and proper understanding are forgiven through the Supper and are strengthened in their faith in Christ.

Missouri Synod

(The following is taken from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod website.)

Overview

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.
Being “Lutheran,” our congregations accept and teach 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 short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

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.

Painting of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder

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.

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.

Who is Jesus?

For more than 2,000 years people have asked the question, “Who is Jesus?”. We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of his birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Study of the Bible, God’s Word, will enable you to seek out the answer to this age-old question.

What does “Synod” mean?

The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean “walking together.” The term has rich meaning in our church body, because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions which they believe are a correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther’s Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.

Study Resources

The Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations provides study documents and statements of theological issues. Answers to theological questions may be found on the Synod’s Frequently Asked Questions web site.

The Christian Cyclopedia has served thousands of students, church professionals, and lay persons as a one-volume compendium of historical and theological data, ranging from ancient figures to contemporary events.
In addition, a series of downloadable pamphlets called “What About?” offer insight on variety of doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the church. We also invite you to learn more about specific worship practices of the Synod.

Lutheran Confessions

(The following is taken from the Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod website.)

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod accepts the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and subscribes unconditionally to all the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God. We accept the Confessions because they are drawn from the Word of God and on that account regard their doctrinal content as a true and binding exposition of Holy Scripture and as authoritative for all pastors, congregations and other rostered church workers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.