Belief and practice
    • We center our faith in Jesus Christ
    • We believe Jesus Christ is the only, perfect, son of God.
    • We believe that Jesus died for us and for every person in the world.
    • We believe that Jesus rose from the dead and lived for us - and for all people who believe in him as their Savior.
    • We believe that Jesus brings people close to God. Our lives - today, tomorrow and in eternity - depend on Jesus.
    • We believe that our forgiveness has been won and paid for by Jesus Christ and when we repent and seek forgiveness, God will forgive us because of Jesus.
    • We are Christians
    • We believe God is three persons in one: the Father, who created and sustains the world; The Son, who lived as a human being, died and rose from the dead; and the Holy Spirit who works God's will in the World.
    • We believe the Bible is God's word, spoken through human writers.
    • We believe sin exists in every person. It is the cause of the bad things people do to each other.
    • We believe everyone will have existence after death - either in heaven or hell - forever.
    • We believe God has a plan to end the world, when he will judge everyone - both living and dead.
    • We often refer to three "solas" (Latin for "alone") as a summary of the faith that gives us hope 

     

    Grace alone - God loved the world, though we do not deserve his love. He sent his Son to love the unlovely and save the ungodly. 

    Faith alone - Jesus has provided for our forgiveness and life; those who hear this promise and believe it, have what it offers. People don't "get" faith; God gives it as he give us his promises. 

    Scripture alone - The Bible is the only source that shows God's will and the only basis for faith. 

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    • We are congregation based
    • We view Baptism and the Lord's Supper as means by which God offers people his grace. We call them sacraments. Through them and the preaching of the gospel God gives forgiveness and eternal life.
    • Local churches, or congregations, are the central community for faith and practice. Congregations choose a trained person to be their pastor.
    • Christian education is important. Lutherans provide Sunday schools, Bible classes, home-study groups, preschools, elementary and high schools, and colleges.
    • We share our faith with individuals. Collectively, we sponsor mission programs worldwide.
    • We are about people in need - providing hospitals, help for children and families, and worldwide relief for the hungry, homeless, and helpless.
    • Our worship style, which includes a lot of music and singing, is often "liturgical," following the worship form handed down from the early Christian church. It is often expressed in contemporary forms. 

    Conclusion simply stated, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod believes, teaches and confesses that in Christ alone there is salvation -- by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Scripture alone. To share this message with the world is the mission of the church and the reason for its existence. 

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