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What We Believe

Message from Pastor Matt:

Being a Lutheran does not save a person: Christ does! However, a proper understanding of whom God is and His direction for our lives, are essential for life, both here now and in eternity. As Lutherans, Pastor Mattwe firmly believe that the Bible is God’s Word through which He still speaks to us today. As Lutherans, we evaluate and understand all life through the lens of God’s Word and we rely on His Word for the power to combat temptation and sin and claim our victory in Jesus Christ. As members of Saint Mark Lutheran Church we also look at our Christian faith as a lifetime of growth and maturity. This page may answer many of your questions but if you would like more information please contact Pastor Matt or check out the LCMS Website.

What's a Lutheran? Is that Christian?

We are first and foremost Christians. Missouri Synod Lutheran is a body of believers whose Christianity is expressed through Lutheran doctrine. Martin Luther, the great reformer, is known as the Father of Protestantism. He studied to become a lawyer before becoming an Augustinian monk in 1505, and was ordained a priest in 1507. While continuing his studies in pursuit of a Doctor of Theology degree, he discovered significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the theology and practices of the church at that time, primarily around how one receives God's gifts of grace, forgiveness, and salvation. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the church door at Wittenberg University to debate 95 theological issues. Luther's hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible. He was rejected in that request but the truth was now revealed from God's word and the Reformation was born. Those supporters of Luther's battle for truth came to be known as Lutherans.

  Lutherans still hold to the basic principles of theology and practice espoused by Luther: We are saved by the grace of God alone through faith (trusting fully-absolute reliance on) not by anything we do. Faith in what? The God of the Bible is the one true God and through His Son Jesus our sins are forgiven and our relationship with God is restored. The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life -- the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
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Our Mission: "To Extend the love and care of Jesus Christ to all people."
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