What Lutherans Believe

Belief and Practice

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 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.

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 – Sola Scriptura

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.

Who is Jesus?

For more than 2,000 years, people have asked this question. We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of His birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Through the study of the Bible, you can seek the answer to this age-old question
“What About?” Series

“What About?” is a series of 27 pamphlets, written by former Synod President Rev. Dr. A.L. Barry, that address doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the church to help Christians grow in their understanding of these important questions.
Introduction
The Gospel
The Bible
The Small Catechism
The Ten Commandments
The Apostles’ Creed
The Lord’s Prayer
Holy Baptism
Confession and Absolution
The Sacrament of the Altar
Being a Lutheran
Lutheran Worship
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Telling the Good News about Jesus
Christian Families
Angels
Death and Dying
Pastors
The New Millennium
Christian Stewardship
Fellowship in the Lord’s Supper
The Difference between the ELCA and the LCMS
The Ordination of Women to the Pastoral Office
Homosexuality
Abortion
Living Together Without Marriage
Creation and Evolution

The information above along with much more is available on the website of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  If you desire additional information about the Beliefs and Values of Lutheran Christians, please contact Cedar Crest or go the the Web Sites for the Michigan District or the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.