We are members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our denomination derives its name from Dr. Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s and from the state of Missouri where our Synod began in 1839. The word "synod" comes from two Greek words that mean "walking together." The term has rich meaning in our church body because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod and hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be easily summarized in three short phrases: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone.
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 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.