Our Foundation - The Holy Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)
- We have a Prodigal ("lavishly extravagant") God who has spared no expense to seek us when we were lost and gather us to Himself as a people redeemed by His love (Luke 15:11ff; 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a; Luke 19:10).
- God the Father, who intricately created us and all things, sent forth His only Son, Jesus Christ, to bring us back from our self-destructive path of sin.
- For our sake, Jesus lived the holy life that we were powerless to live and died a death that we deserved to die.
- In order that we may receive these gifts of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was sent forth to work faith in all people and to empower His Church to bring the light of God's love to the world.
Our Heritage - As Lutheran Christians, we stand firm on God's gifts of...
- Scripture Alone - God has revealed salvation in Jesus and His will for our lives in the truths of the Holy Bible. The Scriptures thus provide the only authority for Christian teaching (John 20:30-31; 2 Timothy 3:16).
- Grace Alone - We are loved by God, not for what we have done, but because of His undeserved compassion for us (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:21-24).
- Faith Alone - We receive the gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation through a simple trust in Jesus and His promises (Ephesians 2:8; John 14:6)
- The Means of Grace - God has chosen to work faith in our lives through the instruments of the preaching and teaching of His Word, as well as through the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
- Baptism - God works through water and His word to wash us of our sin and make us a part of His family. This is a gift both for us and our children (Acts 2:38-39; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Peter 3:21).
- Lord's Supper - God delivers the assurance of forgiveness to us, as He feeds and nourishes us through the real presence of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-28).
Our Life in Christ - Jesus calls all Christians to follow Him, as we begin an ever-growing relationship with Him, His church, and His mission.
- Discipleship - Whether we are newly baptized or have been part of the church for decades, God is calling each of us to grow deeper and go wider in His Word and world (John 15:5-8; Matthew 13:8, 28:18-20).
- Mission - Growing disciples are intentional about making more disciples. Each of us has a unique role and responsibility in reaching out with the love of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:14-16; Philemon 1:6; John 20:21).
- Vocation & Calling
- Priesthood of All Believers - Each of us has been gifted to serve God and others within our family, our work, and our wider areas of influence. He has uniquely equipped us with both natural talents and special gifts of His grace for the building up of His Kingdom (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31).
- Marriage & Family - God has uniquely blessed us with the gifts of both marriage and family. He has also given us His instruction on these roles (Matthew 19:3-6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Deuteronomy 6:4-7). We uphold God's intended gifts to and through the special vocations of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, parents and children, for the fact that it is through the family that God intends to pass on the faith to the next generation (Psalm 78:4-7). For God has created man and woman for one another - a relationship to be enjoyed in a lifelong commitment (Genesis 2:24).
- The Ten Commandments - God’s Law functions in three ways. Within the world, it acts as a “curb” to keep evil in check. Within the life of the Christian, the Law serves as a “mirror” showing us our sin and thereby leading us back to the forgiveness of our Savior. The Law also functions as a “guide,” teaching us God’s will, so that our words and works may praise God and serve our neighbor.
For more information about the official teachings of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), please visit the LCMS “Belief and Practice” webpage at www.lcms.org.