What We Believe
Peace Lutheran Church is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a Bible-centered, Christian Church dedicated to bringing the good news of God's love to all people, regardless of their circumstances or station in life.
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: The Father (Creator of all things); Jesus Christ, His Son (who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and rose to life again in the one victory over death and Satan); and the Holy Spirit (who creates faith through God's Word and the Sacraments). These three Persons of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal. They are the one, true God.
Since Peace is a Lutheran congregation, we accept and teach the Bible, God's Holy Word to all mankind. The Lutheran church confesses those things we receive in God's Word. Our “confession” can be summarized in three short phrases:
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. We are saved by God's grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and not as a result of any effort or contribution on our part.
Faith alone: By His suffering and death as our substitute, Jesus Christ alone obtained forgiveness and eternal life for us. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life Christ won for us. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him alone.
Scripture alone: The Bible alone is God's inspired Word. The Bible is without error. In it God reveals His Law (what He expects of mankind and what we should and should not do according to His good and gracious will) and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ (what He has done for all people even though we do not deserve it). The Bible is the sole rule for Christian teaching and practice.
Our Communion Statement
We take seriously the spiritual care of those who commune at our altar. At Peace we celebrate the Lord’s Supper 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 to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table baptized believers who trust His words, repent of all sin, set aside any refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, and confess what is taught and believed at our altar, so that they may proclaim His death until He comes.
Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm (according to the Bible; see below) 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 differing from that of our congregation (that is, belong to another church body or denomination) and yet desire to receive the Sacrament, are asked to please refrain from communing until they’ve spoken with our pastor. When possible, we also ask that guests from other LCMS congregations notify our pastor or an Elder before communing.
For further study, see Matthew 5:23ff.; 10:32ff.; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34.