About St Matthew

What We Believe

Luther's RoseOur congregation teaches and preaches only that which is Scriptural, we accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther, which inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. We hold true to the canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, and the Book of Concord which explains them. Luther’s teachings can be summed up in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone.

Grace alone: God loves all the people of the world – even though we are sinful and rebel against Him. God sent His Son Jesus to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. (John 3:16)

Faith alone: By His sufferings and death, as a substitute for all people of all time - Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for all who believe. (Romans 1: 16-17)

Scripture alone: The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible word. Where He reveals His Law and Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ – it is the sole rule and norm for Christian Doctrine. (2 Tim.: 10-17)

The Holy Trinity: as best described in the Creeds, Apostle’s, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, There is one Divine essence which is God, but there are three persons in the same one essence, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. (John 14: 25-27)

Sacrament: Defined as instituted by God, there is a physical element present, for the forgiveness of sins. We believe there are two such sacraments:

Baptism: The sacrament of Baptism is water included with God’s word with God’s command for the forgiveness of sins. We are instructed by Christ to go and baptize all nations. (Matt. 28)

Holy Communion: This sacrament is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, in with and under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for the forgiveness of sins. We practice “Closed- Caring” communion. (Acts 2:42-47)

Marriage: We believe marriage is ordained by God to be between one man and one woman. (Genesis 3:24)

Sanctity of Life: We believe that all life is a precious gift from God and is precious and should be protected.