Lutherans believe that God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures, is the inerrant and inspired Word of God. It is the ONLY source and norm for faith and Christian living. The Lutheran Church teaches that our Lord Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all people by His sacrifice unto death on the cross. We further teach the “REAL PRESENCE,” that the true body and
blood of Christ are present in the Supper of our Lord in, with, and under the bread and wine and are there distributed and received through faith, thereby bestowing all of the blessings and benefits of the atonement. We also confess and believe that the Lord’s Supper:
- offers and conveys forgiveness of sins
- strengthens faith and imparts power for Christian living
- establishes the unity of the body of Christ, the Christian Church on earth
- is an act of thankful adoration for the blessings of Christ’s suffering.
We believe that we are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose again to give us forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation 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 those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes.
Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to thei great harm 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 this congregation and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked firt to speak with the pastor or a Lay Minister/Elder.
For further study, see Matthew 5:23f: 1032f; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.