What We Believe
“What’s a Lutheran?”
We are Lutheran. Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, to be exact. That means we are first and foremost followers of Jesus Christ. We ground ourselves in the bible based teachings of Martin Luther (the guy who kicked off the Protestant Reformation back in the 1500s.) so we’ve been around a while. If you would like a full run down of the theological ins and outs of Lutheranism, you can check here: LCMS Doctrinal Positions For a quick glance at what we believe, continue to read the tabs below. We’ll include a few of the many bible passages that support our beliefs, so you can look up what we believe and see it in scripture.
We believe in the one true, eternal, unchanging, just, gracious, all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing God that is revealed to us through the Bible. (Psalm 90:1-2, John 21:17, James 1:17, Psalm 118:1, 1 John 4:8, Acts 17:27, Deuteronomy 32:4) We believe in the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons in one divine being. (John 15:26 Psalm 2:7, Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus is at the center of the church, at the heart of the Gospel, and the Savior of the world. (John 3:16, John 4:42) We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and the second person in the Trinity.(John 10:30) We believe that Jesus is both fully God and fully Man. (1 John 5:20, 1 Timothy 2:5, John 1:14) We believe that Jesus is Lord of all and redemption, forgiveness, and salvation comes through Jesus alone, by way of his death on a cross and his resurrection. (Mark 10:45, Romans 3:22-24, Hebrews 2:14-17, Isaiah 53:4-5)
“The Holy Spirit”
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity, fully God with the Father and the Son. (Matthew 28:18-20, John 15:26) We believe that the Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 2:14 and 12:3) We believe that the Holy Spirit sanctifies us and equips us to do the good works that are born out of faith and that the Holy Spirit keeps us rooted in the true faith (Phil. 1:6 and 1 Peter 1:5)
We believe that the Bible is different from every other book in the world. We believe it is the Word of God and the men who wrote the Scriptures wrote only that which the Holy Ghost communicated to them by inspiration. Because of this, we believe that the Bible is without error or mistake and absolutely true. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21) [/accordion]
One of the unique things about the Lutheran Church is that it is a Sacramental church. In short, that means we take baptism and communion to be incredibly special things instituted and given to us by God for a very specific purpose.
Baptism: We believe that baptism is more that just a public declaration. We believe it is commanded by God, combined with His word and a physical element. We believe that it is a regenerating and renewing event through which God applies His grace and works faith. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21,)
The Lord’s Supper: We believe that communion is more than just a remembrance. We believe it is also commanded by God, combined with His word and a physical element. We believe that through and in the Lord’s Suppers, Christ is really and fully present. We believe that the Lord’s Supper communicates and seals the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, John 6:50-58) [/accordion]
“The Three Alones”
When it comes to God’s redemptive plan, we hold to the three “alones.” That means:
Grace Alone: We are saved by the grace of God alone. There is no work or thing that we could do that could earn what Jesus did through his death and resurrection. Salvation is unearned and totally dependent on God. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 11:6, Romans 3:24)
Faith Alone: We are justified by faith alone. There is nothing, no requirement, other than the faith that declares us justified. Faith alone and grace alone work together like this: Saved by faith through grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:22, Galatians 2:16)
Scripture Alone: We believe that scripture is what reveals God’s redemptive plan to us. Scripture contains everything one needs to know to obtain salvation and live as a follower of Jesus Christ. (John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)