What We Believe
Within the universal Christian Church, First Lutheran, is a member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod which teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator and sustainer of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being Lutheran, our congregation accepts and teaches Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
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.
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.
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. To learn more specifically what we teach and preach, our doctrine, we invite you to view the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod's website, which explains in detail what we believe
On the basis of the Holy Scriptures we believe the article of the Holy Trinity; that is, we believe that the one true god is the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit—One God in Three Persons.
According to the Holy Scriptures, God is perfect and holy. God the Father gave human beings His law - The Ten Commandments - by which we live. The consequence of sin - disobeying the Law - is physical death and separation from God.
Jesus the Messiah (Christ) God’s only Son, took on human flesh and was the only one to live without sin, perfectly keeping all the demands and commands of God the Father. He willingly suffered and died on the Cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all people. His sacrifice on our behalf unites all believers to God the Father. Jesus physically, bodily rose from the dead after three days on Easter.
Christ now rules in heaven as King of Kings. On the Last Day, He will return to earth, raise the dead, and bring true believers into eternal life in heaven. All unbelievers will be cast into eternal death in hell.
God the Holy Spirit works through the Word of God (the Bible) and through Sacraments of Holy Baptism (to bring new life in faith by grace) and the Lord’s Supper (to offer forgiveness, life and salvation in the true Body and Blood of Christ to all who share this faith) to create and sustain saving faith in us.
As a conservative, family-oriented Church, we believe all human life (from conception to natural death) is always sacred, precious, and to be protected. According to the Scriptures, the basis of the family is the life-long marriage of a man and a woman, therefore sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, and cohabitation are against God’s will.
Christians are called to live their faith through deeds of love toward others and to tell people that the only way to salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ.