What is the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod?
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator 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.
We accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther which can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
Grace 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.
Faith alone: 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: 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.
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, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions which they believe 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 put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism, and the Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe. Visit the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod's website for more information.
How do I become a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church?
1) Transferring your membership from another LCMS Congregation: Please contact the Church Office.
2) Transferring your membership from another denomination or adult baptism, confirmation, & profession of faith:
Our Lutheran Information Class for Adults (LICA) prepares adults for church membership at Lord of Life. For those who come from a (non-LCMS) Lutheran background, these classes serve as a kind of "refresher" course in Lutheran doctrine, and as a way of clarifying the differences between the LCMS and other Lutherans. For those coming from other denominations, these classes provide a thorough overview of the LCMS' central and foundational teachings and beliefs. This 10 week interactive study is offered on an as need basis. Contact Pastor Shaltanis for more information.
How do I arrange for my child to be baptized at Lord of Life?
Please contact Pastor Shaltanis.
What is confirmation? How do I enroll my child in confirmation classes at Lord of Life?
Basic information on confirmation can be found here. Please contact Pastor Shaltanis for more information.
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