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MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

Lebanon, Illinois

"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth,

†and the truth shall make you free" John 8:31-32.

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The Bible

Lutherans teach that the Bible is the inspired, true, and reliable revelation of the triune God to humankind, and that this revelations clearly shows how God rescues human beings from the curse of sin and death through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Scriptures were "written for our instruction" (Romans 15:4) as prophets, apostles, and others directed by the Lord Himself, "spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21). These writings were written and gathered over centuries and "are able to make you wise for salvation" (2 Timothy 3:15). The Bible is the only true and pure fountain of all Christian faith and life and "is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

God

Lutherans agree with the Council of Nicaea (AD 325) and teach that "the lord is our God, the lord is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4), who has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14). All three persons are coequal in all things, and God shows that He "is love" (1 John 4:8) by creating all things, redeeming fallen human beings, and making us holy.

Original Sin

†Lutherans teach that, since Adam and Eve fell into sin (Genesis 3), all people are "brought forth in iniquity" and conceived in sin (Psalm 51:5). This sin is a hereditary sickness that prevents us from fearing, loving, and trusting in God above all things, because "every intention of the thoughts of [humankind's] heart [is] only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5). This inborn sickness causes us to commit all kinds of evil deeds and merits only God's eternal wrath.† Continue