Our Beliefs

We are called Christians because we follow Jesus Christ.  This begins with the conviction that we are sinners who are accountable to the Creator.  The Bible is God's revelation to the world.  The Bible teaches that the Creator is God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  All of our efforts to make up for our sinfulness fall short.  Out of love for us, God had mercy on us.  God the Son, was conceived and born of the Virgin Mary in order to become our substitute.  As our substitute, Jesus never sinned, but lived obedient to God's perfect will.  As our substitute, He took our place in suffering for the consequence of our sin.  On the cross, Jesus suffered the wrath of God over the sins of the whole world.  He paid the price of our sinfulness in full.  He rose from the dead three days later, proving that He accomplished His saving work.  Therefore, all who believe in Jesus Christ and His saving work as revealed in Holy Scriptures are accounted with Jesus' sinless obedience and their sins are forgiven.  Therefore, Jesus promises to raise them from the dead and give them eternal life when He visibly returns.    

Zion is an Evangelical Church.  Evangelical means that the proclamation of Jesus Christ is the heart and center of our faith.  Sin and Grace, Confession and Holy Absolution, and the Real Presence of Christ are the focal points of the Christian life.

We are a Sacramental church. Becasue Jesus Christ is the heart and center of our faith, we rejoice in His gifts which we call Sacraments.  In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, we believe that we are brought into the family of God (the communion of saints) where God’s name is placed on us, the Holy Spirit is given to us, and we receive "the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”  In Sacrament of the Altar, we believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, feeding us with His very Body and His very Blood for the forgiveness of sins.  In this Sacrament, Jeuss gives us forgiveness, life, and salvation. 

We are a Confessional Lutheran church.  We boldly confess the truth of God’s Word in Jesus Christ.  All our beliefs come from the Holy Scriptures which are the only true, infallible revelation of God.  Our Lutheran Confessions summarize the teachings of Holy Scriptures.  We rejoice in the Good News of Jesus Christ, and gladly confess His Word.

We are a Liturgical church.  We believe that God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are really present as we gather around His Word and Sacrament.   Therefore, we reverently worship God using services which are grounded in Scripture and the wisdom of the Church.  We sing hymns which teach and confess the richness of God's Word, centered upon the work of Jesus Christ. 

We are a part of the Church.  We are members of the Holy Christian Church whom the Holy Spirit "calls, gather, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps with Jesus Christ in the one true faith."  The Church is believers of every time and place gathered around Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament.

The marriage policy of Zion Lutheran Church, a member congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is and always has been consistent with the Synod’s beliefs on marriage.  We believe that marriage is a sacred union of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24-25), and that God gave marriage as a picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride the Church (Eph. 5:32).  The official position of The Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod, as set forth in 1998 Res. 3-21 (“To Affirm the Sanctity of Marriage and to Reject Same-Sex Unions”), is that homosexual unions come under categorical prohibition in the Old and New Testaments (Lev. 18:22, 24; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10) as contrary to the Creator’s design (Rom. 1:26-27).  These positions and beliefs can be found on the LCMS website, along with other statements, papers and reports on the subject of homosexuality and same-sex civil unions and “marriage.”  Our pastors will not officiate over any marriages inconsistent with these beliefs, and our church property may not be used for any marriage ceremony, reception or other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs and this policy.

  March 2020  
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