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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod accepts the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and subscribes unconditionally to all the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God. We accept the Confessions because they are drawn from the Word of God and on that account regard their doctrinal content as a true and binding exposition of Holy Scripture and as authoritative for all pastors, congregations and other rostered church workers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

We believe:

God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the same person as the Son; the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Father. They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God. Each has a will, can speak, can love, etc., and these are demonstrations of personhood. They are in absolute perfect harmony consisting of one substance. They are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful. If any one of the three were removed, there would be no God.

 

... the entire Bible is God's verbally inspired revelation of Himself to man. The Bible is, therefore, without any error. Its central message is the saving work of Jesus Christ through his life, death and resurrection.


... God created man righteous and holy. When man fell into sin, as evidenced by his inability to keep the Ten Commandments, God sent his only and eternal Son, Jesus Christ, to bear the guilt and punishment of all our sin.


... Jesus shared our human nature but lived the only perfect life on earth. He suffered crucifixion in our place, resulting in His death. He rose again from the dead to bring victory over death and sin to all who trust in Him.


... through our Lord's Supper God offers the body and blood of Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins.


... through baptism God creates and strengthens faith in Christ, promises the forgiveness of sins and new life in Him to be received by faith.


... because of Jesus' payment for our sins, full and free forgiveness is offered to everyone. Those who believe this, trusting in Jesus Christ as their Savior, can be sure they will join Him in Heaven when they die.