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.
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.
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.
LCMS and ELCA – What’s the difference?
Our difference over the Bible explains other more visible differences. For example, our churches disagree about the ordination of women to the pastoral office, the issue of homosexuality and the question of abortion. The differences between our two churches are a source of great sadness for the LCMS. We take no pleasure in talking about these differences. We wish that our two churches could share a common confession of what it means to be Lutheran. It is important that the members of LCMS congregations have a clear picture of why our two churches are not in fellowship. Knowing the basic differences between our two churches will help us talk with our ELCA friends.
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We welcome everyone to join us and fervently pray for unity in the Christian faith, that we may celebrate that unity together in Holy Communion. Our Lord has given His Body and Blood for you, for the forgiveness of your sins, and He invites to His Table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us. Those who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation, and yet desire to receive the Sacrament, are asked to wait until they do confess the same Christian faith. Please speak with the pastor about receiving instruction to learn the faith, in order for you to make an informed decision about joining us at His Table. Again, we welcome everyone to join us and fervently pray for unity in the Christian faith!
(For further study, please see Matthew 5:23 ff., 26:26-29; Acts 2:36-42; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.)
As Lutherans, we hold that the various documents contained in the Book of Concord (http://www.bookofconcord.org/) present a true exposition of God’s Word. This book – so crucial a part of the Reformation – was first published in 1580 and contains, among other works, Martin Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms, the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord. All have profoundly influenced Christian, and especially Lutheran, teaching down through the ages. They still guide us and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod today.