With the universal Christian Church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all
that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the
sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over
death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and
Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being "Lutheran," we accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of
Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th
century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three
short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
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.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is associated with
Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). The word "Synod" comes from the Greek
words that mean "walking together." It has rich meaning in our church
body, because the congregations of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. These congregations hold to a shared
confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran
The congregations of the LCMS are "confessional." They hold to the
Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical
doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into
writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The Augsburg Confession gives
more detail on what Lutherans believe. Links to the full text of all the
Lutheran Confessions are found at http://www.lcms.org/?pid=414.