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What We Believe, Teach and Confess

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

Lebanon, Illinois

"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth,

 and the truth shall make you free" John 8:31-32.

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The Church

Lutherans also teach that "one holy Church is to remain forever" (Augsburg Confession, VII 1). This one Church consists of all believers among whom the Gospel of Jesus Christ is purely preached and His Sacraments are given out for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. False Christians and hypocrites may associate themselves with the Christian Church, as weeds that grow among the Master's wheat (Matthew 13:24-30), but all believers in Christ, "though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (Romans 12:5). As Luther said in the Smalcald Articles, "Thank God, today a seven-year-old child knows what the Church is, namely, the holy believers and lambs who hear the voice of their Shepherd" (Smalcald Articles, III XII 2

Holy Baptism

Lutherans believe and teach that the Sacrament of Holy Baptism was ordained by Jesus Christ as a means of grace through which the Holy Spirit offers forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life; that through the Word of God in Baptism infants become children of God and adults are assured of their adoption through faith in Christ; and that Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring or immersing so long as water is applied in the name of the Triune God according to Christ’s command. References: Matthew 28: 19, Titus 3: 5; Mark 10: 14, Mark 7: 4 (cf. various meanings of the original ‘baptize’ here translated as ‘wash’); Mark 16: 16; Acts 22: 16 Continue