What We Believe
We get our name "Lutherans" from Martin Luther, a priest whose understanding of the Scriptures sparked the Protestant Revolution. As Lutherans of the Missouri Synod, we believe...
We believe that Bible is God's Word, written by man through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture was given to us the foundation of our faith and are without error. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12)
There is one true God, who is the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, three distinct persons, but of one and the same divine essence, equal in power, equal in eternity, equal in majesty, because each person possesses the one divine essence entirely. God the Father is the Creator, God the Son is the Redeemer, & God the Holy Spirit is our Salvation. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19)
We were created in God's image, but when sin entered the world we became separated from God. We are born into the world as sinners and cannot by our own efforts reconcile ourselves to God and therefore are deserving of eternal damnation. (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3, Ephesians 2:1-3)
God took on the form of man (Jesus Christ) by being born of a virgin, Mary, and lived a perfect life so that He could serve as mediator between God and man. He died the death that we deserved and upon rising again we are a new creation. All who believe are saved. (Gal. 4:4-5, Gal 3:13, 2 Cor. 5:18-19)