We Believe

Christ Lutheran Church

1029 Grandview Road - Oil City, PA 16301                                                                 


As a congregation of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, we teach and respond 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," our congregation accepts and teaches 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.

Grace 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.

Scripture alone - 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.

Faith alone - 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.

The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together". Together, with our fellow congregations, we hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.

The congregations of the Synod are "confessional." We 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 simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism.  The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe. For a detailed contemporary explanation, see "What Do Lutherans Believe?". Click on the URL and go to "The Book of Concord" on line, http://www.bookofconcord.org/

What About?

A series of 29 pamphlets, written by former Synod President A.L. Barry, that address doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the church to help Christians grow in their understanding of these important questions. These documents are made available in format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Adapted from A Week in the Life of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod,
copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House.

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