WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe God is eternal and in the Trinity.
We believe Jesus is the son of God, being both completely God and completely man.
We believe He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and rose again to redeem mankind.
We believe Scripture is Divinely inspired. We believe Salvation is through Christ alone.
 

We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  • We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamaion, faith, and life.
  • We accept the Apostle’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.
  • We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
  • We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.
  • We believe, teach, and confess the gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God’s mission in the world.
 

God

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. Although their eternal relationship is inscrutable, there is no priority or superiority between the three persons. Each person of the Godhead is equally worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience.

Jesus

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.

Man

We believe that man was originally created in the image of and after the likeness of God. Adam fell through sin, and as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life. Becoming dead in trespasses and sins, he became subject to the power of the devil. This spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted. Thus every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably sinful apart from divine grace.

Scripture

We believe in the divine, plenary and verbal inspiration of the Scriptures. The whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. This divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings as they appeared in the original manuscripts. Therefore, the whole Bible, in the originals, is without error. As the revelation of God, we believe the Bible to be the sole authority and sufficiency with regard to Christian faith and practice. The Scriptures center upon the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second comings, and hence no portion is properly read, or understood, until it leads to Him.

Salvation

We believe that, due to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again. No degree of reformation, no attainments in morality, baptism seen as an ordinance or other good works can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven. Our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us by dying in our place.

We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing. Repentance is not in itself a separate and independent condition of salvation. Nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, faithful service, or manifestation of certain spiritual gifts, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation.
We believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures,to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior. This assurance is not founded upon any discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written word.
 

Lutheran Church of the Master is a part of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

LCMC is an association of congregations and individuals who are:

  • Free in Christ
  • Accountable to one another
  • Rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
  • Working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. Learn more about LCMC at LCMC.net