Beliefs

Messiah Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. We are a confessional Lutheran Church. This means we are catholic but not Roman Catholic. We are evangelical (Gospelesque) but not a part of the modern Evangelical movement. We hold that Jesus Christ crucified and risen again for the forgiveness of our sins (justification) is the very center and core of who we are. Our Lord comes to us to forgive us sins and give us Himself through the Word of God, preaching, baptism, absolution (forgiveness) and the Lord’s Supper.

The fountainhead and source of all that we teach and believe is found in the Sacred Scriptures, the Word of God.  The Bible is the true, inspired Word of God, without error, and delivers God’s gifts to us both orally, in written form, and through the Sacraments of the Church.  We are a Biblical church, in the very best sense of the term.

This one, catholic (Christian) and apostolic is confessed in the three ecumenical creeds:

  • The Apostles Creed
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Athanasian Creeds

This faith is also confessed in the Book of Concord of 1580, including:

  • The Augsburg Confession
  • The Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession
  • The Small Catechism
  • The Large Catechism
  • The Smalcald Articles
  • The Treatise of the Power and Primacy of the Pope
  • The Formula of Concord — Epitome — Solid Declaration

The What About Series

The president of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod from 1992-2001 was Dr. A.L. Barry. Dr. Barry wrote a very helpful series of pamphlets entitled the What About series. Ranging on topics from Christian Families, Baptism to Islam and everything in between, this series is a helpful summary of many of the doctrines of the Christian faith in an easy to use format.

To download the entire series of What About pamphlets in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, click here: Unchanging_Truth.pdf

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