We receive and embrace with our whole heart the Prophetic and Apostolic Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the pure, clear fountain, which are the only true standard by which all teachers and doctrines are to be judged.
It is often necessary to explain our beliefs in a brief and devout manner; so we also accept the three Ecumenical Creeds, namely, the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian, which are founded upon God’s Word.
We believe the writings in the Book of Concord (namely, the Augsburg Confession, Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, Luther's Small Catechism, Luther's Large Catechism, Treatise on the Power & Primacy of the Pope, and the Formula of Concord) faithfully interpret the truths of Holy Scripture. The Book of Concord is not an addition to the Holy Scriptures, but only repeat and explain what has been written in the Bible.
They teach us who God is and what He has done for us. Our God is the Triune God – whom the Old Testament Prophets call Yahweh (or Jehovah) – whom the New Testament reveals as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Because of all these divine and heavenly blessings, which are ours purely out of His grace and apart from our own works, we are confident that whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s and that in Jesus “Heaven is our fatherland, heaven is our home.”
Until we enter eternal rest in heaven, we gather around His Word and Holy Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for God reveals our salvation only through these holy means. When we gather around the Word and the Sacraments, faith is created within us, stirred and refreshed, and love towards our fellow man is strengthened. Because we have been given faith and love, we have become the children of God, saints of His kingdom, and citizens of heaven.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is made up of 6,162 congregations and is served by more than 9,600 clergy. We have over 2,200 schools and over 16,200 educators. We employ over 700 long- or short- term missionaries (excluding missionary efforts coming from congregations). The Missouri Synod has a long history of reaching out to others, spreading the Gospel, baptizing and teaching everything which Jesus has handed over to us (Matthew 28:19-20). To find out more about the Missouri Synod visit the web site at http://www.lcms.org
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod works to remain faithful to what God has spoken to us in the Holy Scriptures. It is the testimony of the Scriptures that the Christian Church should seek unity and not division (John 17:20-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10). On the other hand, Scripture also testifies that unity occurs, not through compromise, but when churches gather together under the umbrella of God’s Word (Matthew 7:15-16; Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:3; 1 John 4:1). These beliefs guide The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the relationships she forms with other churches. Through continued dialog and teaching, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod joyfully enjoys fellowship with 38 church bodies throughout the world, unified under the Word of God in practice and belief!