THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and of earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
And is seated at right hand of God the Father Almighty,
From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And of the life everlasting.
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 does “Synod” mean?
The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean “walking together.” The term has rich meaning in our church body, because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, our congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
Lutheran congregations are confessional. Our congregations believe the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine.
Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were transcribed and shared broadly by church leaders during the 16th century.Luther’s Small Catechism contains essential summaries of our beliefs, while the Augsburg Confession gives more detail about what Lutherans believe.
“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.
- What About
- The Gospel
- The Bible
- The Small Catechism
- The Lords Prayer
- The Apostles Creed
- Holy Baptism
- The Sacrament of the Altar
- Being a Lutheran
- Lutheran Worship
- The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
- Telling the Good News of Jesus
- Christian Families
- Death and Dying
- The New Millennium
- Christian Stewardship
- Fellowship in the Lords Supper
- The Difference between the LCMS and the ELCA
- The Ordination of Women to the Pastoral Office
- Living Together Without Marriage
- Creation and Evolution