Who We Are and What We Believe
Pastor Larry Rubeck
during a sermon.
With the universal Christian Church, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches of the love of the Triune God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Being “Lutheran,” our congregation accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther. The teachings of Luther, which inspired the reformation of the Christian church in the 16th century, can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. We join with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to praise God, study His Word, and work in His service.
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 question.
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. Though diverse in their service, these congregations 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. Read an article from the May 2004 Lutheran Witness about what a “Synod” is.
More Study Resources
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 “What About? pamphlets offer insight on variety of doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the church. We also invite you to learn more about specific worship practices (or FAQ’S) of the Synod.
Adapted from A Week in the Life of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House.
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