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St. Peter's Lutheran is a member congregation of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
We gladly and joyfully believe, teach, and confess the doctrine of the evangelical Christian faith as it is taught by the Holy Scriptures and faithfully confessed in the Book of Concord of 1580. We are committed to the pure preaching of the Word and the right administration of the Holy Sacraments.
St. Peter's accepts the Old and New Testament writings as the Word of God and the only rule of faith and teaching in the church. According to their teachings, we believe that:
- God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the one true God and creator of the world.
What does this mean? There is only one eternal God, in three persons of the same divine essence and power.(Matthew 28:19) He is the maker and preserver of all created things, both visible and invisible. (Nehemiah 9:6, John 1:3)
- Because of man's rebellion in the Garden of Eden, he is now born into sin and is from birth an enemy of God, unable to return to God or trust in him.
What does this mean? Although God created the first man and woman without sin, through the temptation of the devil they disobeyed God and sinned, meriting death and separation from God (Genesis 3:3,11-13). Because of this sin of our first parents, all are born with original sin, that is, without fear of God or trust in Him. (Psalm 51:5)
- In love God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to live, suffer, and die in our place to reconcile us to God.
What does this mean? God did not desire that mankind should perish in their sin but be restored to eternal life. In the fullness of time, he sent his only begotten son to the world to become man, live a perfect life, and die for the sins of the world. (John 1:14, John 3:16, Matthew 20:28)
- Jesus rose again from the dead as a guarantee of our own resurrection when he comes again.
What does this mean? On the third day after his death on the cross, Jesus rose again bodily as he said he would and as the Scriptures foretold (Mark 14:58, 1 Corinthians 15:4). His death is a pledge and guarantee by God that all people, both the righteous and the wicked, will also be raised again bodily when he returns in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)
- Jesus instituted preaching, baptism, and the Lord's supper so that the salvation won for us by his death and resurrection might be given to us.
What does this mean? Jesus established the ministry of teaching the Gospel so that the good news of his death and resurrection might be proclaimed to all the world. (Matthew 28:18-20, John 20:22-23, Romans 10:14-15). Hearing the Gospel proclaimed and believing it is the means of receiving salvation, whether that word is proclaimed orally in preaching or visually in baptism or the Lord's Supper. (Romans 10:17, Titus 3:4-7, 1 Peter 3:21, Matthew 26:28). All who eat the Lord's Supper receive his body and blood with the bread and wine. (Matthew 26:26)
- We receive the gift of salvation only by faith in the work of Jesus, not by our own good works.
What does this mean? Salvation is always and only a free gift of God (Romans 6:23). Because we are by nature sinful and without trust in God, we cannot choose to follow his will, or begin, cooperate, or complete our conversion (Romans 3:21-28, John 8:34). Even the faith that receives salvation is itself a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)