What Lutherans Believe
We at Messiah Lutheran confess the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and our teaching, the church trusts the Gopel as the power of God for the Salvation of all who believe.
Our theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have and answer for all questions, not even ones about religion. Theology prepares us to be witnesses of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ in our speech and action.
Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions
Messiah’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene and Athanasian creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. Messiah’s congregation makes the same affirmation in its governing documents, and pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources.
This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship our congregation will hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week out members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sickbeds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.
Teaching for a life of faith
This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the church. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”