What do we believe?
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:
1. Grace Alone – We believe, teach, and confess that there is nothing a person can do to earn their salvation. Salvation is a free gift and is based completely on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
2. Faith Alone – We believe, teach, and confess that forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation, which Jesus Christ attained, come to us only by faith in the merits of Jesus Christ. Faith is not an intellectual knowledge of teachings or doctrine, but a trust in the work of Christ on our behalf.
3. Scripture Alone – We believe, teach, and confess that the Bible is the inerrant, errorless Word of God and is the only rule and guide for our lives and our doctrine. Through this Word, the Holy Spirit calls people to turn away from their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ.