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.
Our congregations accept and preach 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. For more information about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, visit lcms.org.
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Do you believe Jesus Christ suffered and died and rose to take away that sin?
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Do you believe that Jesus Christ provides the only way of salvation?
Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Do you acknowledge that our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins?
Matthew 26:26-28 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Do you seek the Holy Spirit’s power, as it is given to you through this meal, to live a new life in the grace of God through the power of our Lord’s resurrection?
Ephesians 4:1 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,”
These statements summarize our understanding of what is offered at the Lord’s table. Everyone who is a member in good standing of a Lutheran congregation, having been instructed in the faith, is welcome. Since there is great power in this meal, if you are in doubt, not yet instructed in the faith, or believe in an expression of faith that differs from which we believe, you could do great harm to yourself. In this case, we ask that for your own sake, you first speak to our Pastor or one of our Elders.
1 Corinthians 11:27-29 “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.”