With the universal Christian Church, congregations of the Lutheran Church–Missouri synod teach and respond to the love of the Triune God: the Father; Jesus Christ, the Son; and the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
We are “Lutheran” because we accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the Reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. These statements of what we believe, teach, and confess are contained in The Book of Concord of 1580. http://bookofconcord.org/index.php
- We believe that the entire Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error.
- We believe that there is One true, living, and Triune God who consists of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who is one divine being.
- We believe that all people are conceived and born sinful (original sin) and are under the wrath of God.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life on behalf of all people. He was crucified and died, enduring the punishment that our sins deserved. On the third day Jesus rose from the dead. His perfect life, death, and resurrection won for all people the forgiveness of sins, rescue from death and the devil, and eternal life.
- We believe that we receive these blessings won for us by Jesus through the gift of saving faith.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is the giver of faith in Jesus. We believe that we cannot by our own reason of strength believe in Jesus Christ, but the Holy Spirit calls us through the Word of God in the Gospel (the Good News about Jesus) and, through God’s Word (the Bible) and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, strengthens and nourishes our faith in Jesus.
- We believe that the Sacraments of Christ–Baptism and the Lord’s Supper–are not mere symbols, but are the means of grace through which God really does forgive sins, grants faith, and strengthens faith.
To learn more, please go to The Lutheran Hour Website linked here: http://www.lhm.org/about/whatlutheransbelieve.asp