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What Lutherans Believe

So what do we Lutherans believe you ask? Simply put Lutherans believe in Grace alone, Scripture alone, and Faith alone.

Grace alone – We Lutheran’s believe that only the grace of God the Father can grant us salvation. We believe that, we as sinful human beings can do nothing for our own salvation. Left to ourselves, we would damn ourselves. We believe that not by works can we be saved. For, as the prophet Isaiah said " But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags..."(Isaiah 64:6). Even so we have cause to cry out in happiness because God, in his grace, so loved the world he sent his only son to die for our sins (John 3:16).

Scripture alone - Scripture alone dictates how we develop our church doctrine. We believe the Holy Bible is the inerrant infallible word of God.

Faith alone – One of the most important parts of our belief is that it is by faith alone can one be saved from the punishment of eternal death. As it is written "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life"(John:3:15).

We are a confessional church. What is a confessional Church

We as a confessional church confess our faith using three different ecumenical Creeds.

Apostle’s Creed

Nicene Creed

Coming soon the Athanasian creed

Important Church Documents and Theological Essays

The Augsburg Confession – This document was presented to the Roman Catholic Church during the reformation to explain the doctrine of Martin Luther.

A brief explanation of the Trinity by Edward W.A. Koehler

Recommended Readings

The Holy Bible – Recommended translations are the King James Version, New King James Version,English Standard Version, New International Version, Revised Standard Version. Try to avoid paraphrases such as the Good News Bible and the New Living Translation.

I highly recommend the Concordia Self-Study Bible. It is a New International Version Bible with commentary written by Lutheran Theologians (Soon to be printed with the English Standard Version Translation coming Fall 2002).

The Book of Concord – This book contains most of the important documents pertaining to the doctrine of the Lutheran Church.

The Book of Concord and the Concordia Self-Study Bible can be purchased at Concordia Publishing House.

Note to reader, all Biblical Quotes are taken from the King James Version av1611. If you have further questions about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Please feel free to contact the pastor nearest you. God’s Blessings from Your brother in Christ.