Grace Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) committed to the historic Christian faith. As Lutherans, we are heirs of the Great Tradition of Western Catholic Christianity. As such, Lutherans are evangelical, catholic, biblical, and apocalyptic Christians.
We are evangelical because the Gospel, or good news (evangel), of Jesus Christ is central to our confession. We believe that forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation are found exclusively in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our personal faith and public confession focus on Christ crucified for sinners.
We are also catholic. This means that we are members of the universal church with Christ as our head. Catholic refers to the presence of Jesus Christ and is not limited by any particular polity or tradition. It means that Jesus is present where His faithful are gathered around His Word. It also means that we are faithful recipients of the Gospel-centered Christian tradition of nearly 2,000 years. We retain the ancient liturgy. We sing the songs of the church. We adhere to the Holy Scriptures. We are not innovators. Rather, we believe that the ancient path of Christian faith is true and relevant for today.
We are also biblical. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God, entirely sufficient for Christian faith and practice. Our liturgy is biblical. Our preaching is biblical. Our study is biblical. Even more, we believe that life and reality are defined by these Holy Scriptures.
Finally, we are apocalyptic. This means “unveiling” or “revelation.” We believe God reveals or unveils Himself to us through Jesus Christ. This took place in history, some 2,000 years ago, through the incarnation, life, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This takes place in history, today, through the preaching of the Holy Gospel and the administration of the mysteries of the faith, the Holy Sacraments instituted by Christ. In Word and Sacrament, God reveals His forgiveness, life, and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and delivers these precious gifts to His people. In other words, God reveals or apocalypses Himself through His Word joined to the lips of sinful men, water, bread, and wine.
Our church is committed to the mysteries of the Christian faith, expressed in the ancient rites of the Church. We firmly believe that such things transcend time, culture, personal preference, sin and death. If you are interested in learning more about this ancient Christian faith, then please contact Pastor Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an appointment or to enroll in a course of instruction.