What We Believe
As a member of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), Zion Lutheran Church holds to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) and confesses the faith revealed in it. The Book of Concord, and the Small Catechism contained in it, offer an excellent summary of the Bible's teaching, but the following is a brief description of the Good News presented in the Scriptures:
There is only one true God. In the Scriptures, this one true God has revealed Himself to be one God in three persons–the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This mystery has been confessed throughout the history of Christianity, especially in the three ecumenical creeds.
This same God is the creator and preserver of all that exists. He created all in perfection, but since the Fall of Adam into sin, all people are born in bondage to sin, death, and the devil and are, from conception, spiritually dead and unable to save themselves or become right with God by their own will or effort. Thus, God promised a Savior.
Jesus Christ, true God (the second person of the Trinity) and true man (born of the Virgin Mary), is the fulfillment of that promise. He lived a perfect and righteous life for us, suffered and died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead on the 3rd day declaring victory over sin, death, and the devil for us.
Because we can not come to God or trust in His promises from our own reason or strength, the Holy Spirit calls us through the Word of God to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ; the same Holy Spirit freely delivers to us the forgiveness, life, and salvation, which Christ won for us, through the preaching of that Word, the receiving of Baptism, the pronouncement of absolution, and the eating and drinking of Christ’s true body and blood in Lord’s Supper; and the same Holy Spirit, by that same Word, preserves all Christians in the faith and works in them acts of love for the neighbor until death comes or Christ returns in glory.
On the last day Christ will come again to raise all who have died and to judge both the living and the dead. He will give eternal life to all who believe in Him and trust in His promise of salvation.
If you would like further explanation or have questions, feel free contact Pastor Berndt.
For more information on specific topics, the following links express the teachings of our church body as derived from the Scriptures:
- The Gospel
- The Bible
- The Small Catechism
- The Ten Commandments
- The Apostles' Creed
- The Lord's Prayer
- Holy Baptism
- Confession and Absolution
- The Sacrament of the Altar
- Being a Lutheran
- Lutheran Worship
- The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
- Telling the Good News about Jesus
- Christian Families
- Death and Dying
- The New Millennium
- Christian Stewardship
- Fellowship in the Lord's Supper
- The Difference between the ELCA and the LCMS
- The Ordination of Women to the Pastoral Office
- Living Together Without Marriage
- Creation and Evolution
In this video, get to know our synod, the St. Louis based, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), a biblical, confessional, witness-oriented Christian denomination with 2.2 million members in 6,200 congregations in the U.S. and Canada. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ.