What We Believe
As a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod , we confess the historic, orthodox Christian faith in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one God in three persons:
God the Father,
He is the creator of the universe and maker of everything in Heaven and on earth.
God the Son,
Jesus Christ. The Father’s perfect Son. 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. Over 2000 years ago He was born to the Virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. He died on the cross to pay for the sins of all people and to rise to life again for the world’s redemption.
God the Holy Spirit,
Through God’s Word and Sacraments, the Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ, creates faith in our hearts, and equips believers for personal growth and service to God
The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean “walking together.” Along with other congregations who chose to belong to the Synod, we have a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, which are contained in “The Book of Concord”. We accept and believe these Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther and the Lutheran "protestants" that began the reformation of the Christian Church 500 years ago. These teachings are summarized in the “Solas” of the reformation: Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Sola Scriptura.
Sola Gratia: Grace Alone
Grace is God’s unearned merit and favor. Sin separates us from God. Sin is our rebellion against God and is anything we do in thought, word and deed that is contrary to His will. We are born sinful, are naturally self-centered, and therefore, in daily need of forgiveness. We enter into a relationship with God, not by anything we do, but solely by what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. Knowing that we are sinners, we trust completely in God's grace to save us from condemnation and to give us eternal life and a home with Him.
Sola Fide: Faith Alone
Faith is to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin. Faith is a gift from God that enables us to know and accept in truth what the Bible says of God and rely on Him with firm confidence for our needs in life here and now, and for our eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.
Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone
The Bible is the living Word of God, divinely inspired by Him, without error, and therefore the sole source of true teaching and the standard by which Christians are to live. In the pages of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, God reveals Himself and His will, our own sinful nature, our need for a Savior, and His offer of forgiveness and eternal life in His Son, Jesus Christ.