What We Believe

Alive! Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.  We believe:

  • in the Triune God; God has revealed Himself to us as three distinct persons (Matthew 28:19) in one divine being (Deuteronomy 6:4); these three persons are God the Father, God the Son, who became incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth, and God the Holy Spirit;

  • that while the existence of God is revealed in nature (Psalm 19:1), it is only through His Word that we can learn who God is and His love for us.  Because the words of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by His Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) through the pen of the apostles and prophets (2 Peter 1:21), we believe that these writings are without mistake and can be trusted, and that these are the only authoritative rule and source of Christian doctrine;

  • that all of creation came into being through the Word of God (Genesis 1, John 1:2) and was created perfect; that this perfection was lost due to the first sin of Adam and Eve; and that all descendants of Adam and Eve inherit the corruption caused by this first sin (original sin) and are thus conceived and born in sin (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12);

  • that while we were still sinners and bearing the guilt of sin, the eternal Son of God took on human flesh and lived among us (John 1:14), solely out of unmerited grace and love, in order to live in perfect obedience to God’s law and to be a perfect, innocent sacrifice on the cross in the place of sinners (Hebrews 10:10);

  • that early on the third day after his crucifixion, Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6; John 20:27) and that still today the incarnate Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 7:56);

  • that pardon from sin and peace with God were won for the whole world through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 John 2:2), and it is this good news that the Church exists to proclaim (Matthew 28:19-20);

  • that the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life won by Christ are received by faith, and are distributed even today by Christ Himself through the proclamation of His Word (Romans 10:17) and the administration of His Sacraments; the Word and Sacraments are called “means of grace” because they are the means by which Christ comes to His people with His grace

  • that Holy Baptism is one such means of grace; that it is a work of God, by which he calls people (including infants and little children) by water and His Word, gives them his Holy Spirit, creates faith within them, and washes away all sin (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21; Titus 3:5);

  • that the Lord’s Supper is also a means of grace, where we receive the very body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, really present in with and under the bread and wine, given by Christ himself for Christians to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32);

  • that the work of creating, sustaining, and strengthening faith is not a work of man but a work of God alone, carried out by the Holy Spirit through the ministry of word and sacrament alone (1 Corinthians 12:3);

  • that Christ’s church is found where the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity and where the sacraments are administered rightly;

  • that Christ calls men to serve in the office of the public ministry of Word and Sacrament to proclaim the message of repentance and grace to all people still today (Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:28);

  • that Christ will visibly return on the last day to give bodily resurrection to all the dead, to judge both the living and the dead, to grant eternal life to all believers, and to deliver all unbelievers into eternal condemnation (Matthew 25:31-32).

You can learn more about the LCMS by visiting www.lcms.org.  You can learn more about distinctive Lutheran beliefs by visiting this link.   You can learn more about and read the Lutheran Confessions (historic documents explaining what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess) by visiting http://bookofconcord.org.

The Lord's Supper

Mark 14:22-25:  "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take it; this is my body.'  Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.  'This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,' he said to them.  'I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.'"

Alive! Lutheran Church joyfully celebrates the Lord’s Supper, and we do so in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.  Our Lord 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, that they may show forth His death until He comes (Matthew 5:23; 18:15-35). Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession (Matthew 10:32) differing from that of this congregation and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor.