what we believe

Statement of Faith

What We Believe

Christ Lutheran Church and other member congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teach and respond 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 name "Lutheran" comes from the 16th century reformer, Martin Luther. Through his study of Scripture, he found the pure Gospel message of forgiveness and life in Jesus. We don't follow Martin Luther as a person. We follow the teachings of Scripture giving thanks for the work of Luther that helped express them clearly once more. These teachings are sometimes summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace alone

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

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. Believers in Jesus are made new now, and find fullness in serving Him now even as we look forward to being with Him forever.

Scripture alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

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