What We Believe

1.)  We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, that has been handed down to us in order to point us to the truth that we are saved from our sin and eternal death by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is completely reliable and without error. In it we learn everything we need to know about God’s love and His gifts to us.

2.)  We believe that there is only one true God – the Triune God – who exists in three separate but equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God the Father is our maker and the creator of all things. By the Father’s word, all things were made, and we are His most beloved creation; we are closest to His heart. The Son is Jesus Christ, who came to earth as the perfect “go-between” between God and humanity. He has redeemed us and is the voice to the Father on our behalf. The Holy Spirit calls us to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, keeps us in the one true faith, and equips us for living out our faith. He is the whisper in our heart’s ear.

3.)  We believe that God created a perfect world for us and through our sin we messed it up. Our big and small sins corrupted this world, our lives and destroyed our relationship with God and with each other. However, God didn’t leave things that way. He got involved.

4.)  We believe that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us by living the perfect life we couldn’t and taking our punishment on Himself. We believe that we are forgiven and given eternal life only through faith in Christ.

5.)  We believe that faith is a gift from God given to us in our Baptism and through hearing God’s word.

6.)  We believe that Jesus came not only to save us from our sin, He came to show us how to live.  When Jesus was asked to sum up God’s word He said; God’s will can be condensed into two commandments: love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind; and love others as ourselves.

At Messiah we worship a God who has saved us from our sin and the brokenness of our lives. We live our lives freed from our past and energized for our future. We rejoice in the forgiven life given to us through Christ’s sacrifice and share that joy with our neighbors. Come and see, you will be amazed how God will change your life.

What the Bible says

1.)  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”  – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

 2.)  “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” –  2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…”- Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:16-17 (NIV)

3.) “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”  – Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)

4.)  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  – John 3;16-17 (NIV)

5.)  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9  (NIV)

6.)  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  – 1 John 4:9-11  (NIV)

If you would like to know more about what we believe or what we believe about specific issues, we invite you to talk to Pastor Steensma or check out the “Belief and Practice” section of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s website