What We Believe
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 creates faith
through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the
Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being "Lutheran," our congregations accept and teach Bible-
based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation
of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of
Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short
phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful,
rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus,
His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all
time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for
them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the
eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives
people forgiveness through Him.
The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He
reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is
the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Who is Jesus?
For more than 2,000 years people have asked the question,
"Who is Jesus?" 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. Study of the Bible, God's
Word, will enable you to seek out the answer to this age-old
What does "Synod" mean?
The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
comes from Greek words that mean "walking together." The
term has rich meaning in our church body, because
congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. The
congregations of the Missouri Synod hold to a shared
confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the
Lutheran Confessions which they believe are a correct
interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in
The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into
writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest
of these is Luther's Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession
gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.
The Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations
provides study documents and statements of theological issues.
Answers to theological questions may be found on the
Frequently Asked Questions web site.
The Christian Cyclopedia has served thousands of students,
church professionals, and lay persons as a one-volume
compendium of historical and theological data, ranging from
ancient figures to contemporary events.
In addition, a series of downloadable pamphlets offer insight on
variety of doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the
church. Scroll down to the section titled "What About? Series."
(Adapted from the LCMS website)
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