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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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God's Law

Lutherans teach that God's Law demands perfection of heart, thought, word, and deed; that it wholly condemns all who transgress it; that it cannot save sinners; and that its chief function since the fall is to lead us to the knowledge of our lost condition. The Law also shows Christians what to do and not do to please God.

The Gospel

Lutherans also teach that no human being can earn or obtain forgiveness of sins or life with God by any human efforts or works. A person is not justified—made right—with God "by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ" (Galatians 2:16). "For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:22-24). Whoever "trusts Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness" (Romans 4:5).   Continue