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What We Believe
Royal Redeemer is part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Here are the basics of what we, as Lutherans, believe.
God always was and always will be. He’s one God in three persons:
- Father — the Creator and Preserver of all things, who made you and cares about you
- Son — Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life to “pay” for your sins — so you don’t have to
- Holy Spirit — who stirs you to believe and gives you abilities to serve
People are made for a relationship with God. But we don’t always act like it.
…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23
We’re all sinners — and God wants nothing to do with sin. God said the penalty of sin is death. That’s bad news for us. By ourselves, we’re hopeless.
For the wages of sin is death.... — Romans 6:23
It’s a good thing there’s Jesus. Jesus is both God and human at the same time. More than 2,000 years ago, He lived a sinless life on Earth. Then, He willingly gave it up, allowing himself to be killed on a cross.
He died…but He didn’t stay dead. He came back to life to show all of us that death is no longer permanent and sin no longer makes us hopeless.
To be forgiven of our sins, and to draw closer to God, all we need to do is trust that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was for us, personally.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. — Romans 10:9
Being good, going to church, praying and doing other “right” things don’t earn us God’s favor. Honoring and obeying God is just something Christians want to do. The Holy Spirit gives us the desire and ability to do it.
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. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. — Ephesians 2:8-10
The Bible is communication from God. Everything we need to know about life and faith is in the Bible.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God invites us to become part of His family through baptism. Baptism requires two things: some water and God’s words from the Bible. Baptized people, even babies, are ready to be forgiven of their sins and be saved from spiritual death when they believe in Jesus.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.... — Mark 16:16
In communion, the bread and wine aren’t just symbols of Jesus Christ’s body and blood. Jesus, actually and miraculously, is in them. And that makes communion more important and powerful than just going through a ritual.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” — Matthew 26:26-28