What We Believe

LCMS Beliefs and Teachings

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day, He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Luther's Rose

The LCMS holds the Bible to be God's Word, and all Lutheran doctrine stems from Holy Scripture. The following links lead to information about Lutheran doctrine, confessions and practices within the Church.

LCMS Doctrinal Statements - Written and adopted in 1932, the LCMS presents its beliefs on God, Holy Scripture, the Church and Jesus Christ in straightforward essays.

Scriptural and Confessional Principles - Adopted in 1973, eight articles neatly present what Lutherans confess about Christ, Law and Gospel, Holy Scripture, the Church's Mission and Original Sin.

The Book of Concord - First written in 1580 by the first Lutheran Christians, the Book of Concord was created to provide an authoritative, well-researched base for Lutheran beliefs.