Our Beliefs

Lutheran Christian beliefs, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone

Our Christian Beliefs as Lutherans

Grace Alone - Faith Alone - Scripture Alone

Our Savior Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. As Christians and Lutherans, we follow the teachings of Jesus as written in the Bible and accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th-century monk that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church. Martin Luther’s teachings can be summarized as; Grace Alone – Faith Alone – Scripture Alone.

Grace Alone

Lutherans believe that salvation is the free gift of God’s grace alone for the sake of Christ alone. It is by an undeserved love and mercy that we receive salvation. It is impossible for anyone to earn God’s love and forgiveness. But God forgives our sins “freely and without condition, out of pure grace” to quote Luther. The Bible teaches us that God’s grace in Christ Jesus embraces all people of all times, ages, races, and places. (Romans 4:16)

Faith Alone

While God’s grace is universal and embraces all people, this great gift can only be received thru faith – faith in Jesus Christ and His resurrection.

Scripture Alone

The Bible is the Word of God and it does not mislead or deceive us, Scripture alone is infallible. Man must not add or subtract from Scripture as it is perfect as originally given by God.

God the Father

We believe in the one true God, creator of the universe. He is a loving father that wants us to live in fellowship with Him and live a holy and blameless life. He also knows mankind has not lived up to these expectations so he sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to intercede on our behalf. (Genesis 1:1-2, 31; John 14:6-8)

Jesus the Messiah

He is the Son of God sent to teach us how we should live our lives and as an offer of atonement for man’s many sins. As a man he lived a blameless life, was crucified, and died on the cross and on the third day He rose from the grave. He is alive and sits at the right hand of God. (John 1:29, John 3:16)

Holy Spirit the Great Counselor

We have the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the triune God. The Holy Spirit is the Great Counselor, Spirit of truth and gives the gift of faith, lives in us to guide, teach and empower believers to serve the Church. (John 14:15-17, 26; John 16:7-11, 13)

Communion for Forgiveness of Sins

Comunion Is a gift from God and instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper. The bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper are the true body and blood of Christ. God gives the true body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Everyone that believes in the Lutheran statement of faith is welcome to commune regardless of church membership. (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-25).

The Bible is the Word of God

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament are the inspired Word of God, given to man to reveal His plan for the salvation of all through faith in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. The real reason why the Bible is so important: It is the sure and certain source for knowing who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us. (John 5:39, Psalms 119:105)

Baptism the Gift of Faith

Lutherans believe in one Baptism. Jesus Himself commands Baptism and tells us that Baptism is water used together with the Word of God. Because of this, we believe that Baptism is one of the miraculous means of grace (another is God’s Word as it is written or spoken), through which God creates and/or strengthens the gift of faith in a person’s heart. Lutherans baptize people of all ages from infancy to adulthood. (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:39, 1 Peter 3:21).