What We Believe
With 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.
Being “Lutheran,” our congregations accept and teach 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 short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
Grace alone (Sola Gratia)
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith alone (Sola Fide)
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Scripture alone (Sole Scriptura)
The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which God reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Who is Jesus?
For more than 2,000 years people have asked the question, Who is Jesus?” Although we were not present when Jesus walked on this earth, through the Holy Scriptures we have a record of His birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Therefore we hold the Bible, God’s Word, as the guiding source for all who seek to knowledge concerning Jesus.
What does “Synod” mean?
The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod comes from Greek words (
Σύνοδος ) 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 1.6th century. The simplest of these is Luther’s Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.
Members of Messiah Lutheran Church and Pastor Spencer are confessional, conservative members of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We maintain that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and, as such, is the infallible source and norm of the Christian faith and doctrine. We unconditionally subscribe to The Lutheran Confessions. We believe, teach, and confess that they area true and correct exposition of the Holy Scriptures.