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.
our congregation accepts and preaches the 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 phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
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, our congregations hold to a
shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the
Lutheran congregations are
confessional. Our congregations believe the
Lutheran Confessions 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 transcribed and shared broadly by church
leaders during the 16th century. Luther's
Small Catechism contains essential summaries of our
beliefs, while the Augsburg
Confession gives more
detail about what Lutherans believe.