Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod are committed
to the pure Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in
Jesus Christ alone, to love for God, and to love for neighbor. These
teachings are clearly presented in the inspired and infallible
Scriptures, and are summarized in the three ecumenical creeds and the
confessional statements of the Book of Concord. We do not hold the
creeds or Book of Concord to be inspired or infallible. They are not
God's word and are not equal to the Bible. They simply summarize our
The ecumenical creeds are
For a more detailed explanation of our doctrine and theology visit
the Missouri Synod's Belief and
Practice page on their Website.
A Very Brief Summary of
the Christian Faith
God is the Creator of
the universe with all its beauty and design, and He sustains it with
His mighty power. We believe that God created all things out of
nothing by means of His spoken word.
Adam and Eve, who God
created, doubted and rebelled against Him. This rebellion was the
beginning of sin, and their natures became evil. Now every human
being is born with a self-centered nature and a tendency for evil.
Attempts to change human nature or to please God with our own good
are doomed to failure. People need to have their sins forgiven.
forgiveness through faith. Faith is the hand which accepts Godís
free gift. Faith is created by the Holy Spirit through the means of
the Gospel message which tells of Godís love demonstrated in Jesus
- Faith and the Holy
The Bible is the source
of knowledge about God and His love. It is still the way in which
God speaks to us today. The Bible was written by the inspiration of
the Holy Spirit and so is true and without error.
The church is the
fellowship of all those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord. The Lutheran Church gets its name from Martin
Luther who emphasized faith alone, grace alone, and Scripture alone.
We do not worship Luther; we worship Jesus to whom Luther pointed as
the source and center of our Christian faith.
God has given two
special acts (which we call Sacraments) along with the Word to build
His church. Baptism creates faith, and Holy Communion nurtures our
faith. We receive the Holy Spirit and forgiveness in Baptism. In
Holy Communion Jesus Christ gives us His body and blood in, with,
and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins.
The fellowship which God
establishes with His believers on earth will continue after this
life as believers live with Him in heaven for all eternity.
- Eternal Life:
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