Belief and Practice
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 sustains faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Blessed Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Our congregation accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther who inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod follows Protestant and traditional Catholic practices and uses the following...
- The Ten Commandments as given by God to Moses on Mt Sinai;
- The Lord's Prayer as taught by Jesus Himself;
- The ancient Creeds promulgated from the Church Fathers: Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed;
- The Sacraments: A sacrament is a sacred act instituted by God, in which God Himself has joined His Word of promise to a visible element and by which He offers, gives, and seals the forgiveness of sins earned by Christ;
- The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
- The Sacrament of Holy Communion
- The Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
- The Scriptures, The revealed Word of God- The Old and New Testaments in the Bible;
- Eternal Salvation, as given through the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ;
- The Church - One, Holy, Catholic*, and Apostolic; (* Universal)
- God's relationship with Humankind, through sacramental/liturgical rites: Confirmation, Penance, Ordination, Marriage.