Missouri Synod Lutherans –
People of the Word
From the Word, we know that there is one God, but that he has three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are of the same essence – equal in power, in eternity and in majesty.
We believe the Father created and sustains the world. The Scriptures tell us that human beings chose to follow their own way and fell into sin – direct disobedience to God.
We believe that Jesus Christ, true God and true man, suffered and died on earth as punishment for sin. He lived in perfect obedience to God. He was without sin. It is only because of Him–not because of anything we can do – that our perfect relationship with God is restored through the forgiveness of sin. Then God counts the righteous life of Jesus as if we had lived it.
We believe that the Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible and through it inspires faith in us. Through the Word and the Sacraments – Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – He also keeps us in faith.
Three principles undergird our beliefs: Scripture, faith and grace. The Scripture is the only source of knowledge about God and His will for us. Grace tells us that as human beings we cannot earn God’s love, forgiveness, or everlasting life. Through faith in Him we come to a relationship of peace with God.
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