Saint Michael’s is a Lutheran church, one of many that make up a large and dynamic movement within western Christianity. This movement began over 500 years ago with the reforming work of Dr. Martin Luther. Luther returned western Christendom to its core beliefs which continue to stand at the heart of St. Michael’s preaching and ministry.
- Humanity has a real problem in that it has rebelled against its creator, bringing suffering, death, and eternal judgement.
- God has graciously and lovingly solved our problem, sending His Son, Jesus Christ to be the forgiveness of sins and impart life to sinners.
- Forgiven by God, the human being is a citizen of heaven and enjoys God’s gracious favor and love.
- Christ poured out the Holy Spirit upon his followers, empowering their words and deeds to be the instrument of God’s continuing call to sinners of every generation to repent and be forgiven in Christ.
St Michael’s confesses the three great creeds of Christianity that summarize both our Faith and God’s redeeming work: Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. With minor variations in translation and wording, these creeds are confessed by over a billion people around the world.
Lutherans have, since the days of Luther, been shaped by a little book he wrote for the basic education of a Christian. It is probably his most successful work: The Small Catechism. In it, he outlines the basic Christian beliefs about the Commandments, Creeds, Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Repentance/forgiveness, and the Lord’s Supper. If you want to know more about what Lutherans believe, it is a good place to start. You can find it here.
If you want to know more about what St. Michael’s teaches and proclaims, please speak with Pastor or a member of the congregation. We would enjoy talking about this with you.