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We Believe

About Our Church
St. Mark is a traditional congregation. The basic pattern of worship we follow comes to us from services faithfully used by Christians for many centuries all over the world. The components of the liturgy all come from the Bible. Throughout the year, we observe the seasons and festivals of the church calendar; marking important events in the life of Christ and the Church. In the Divine Service (worship), we receive the gifts God has promised for all believers, and respond to them in faith.

A more detailed summary of what our church teaches can be found on the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) website: http://lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=388

We believe, teach, and confess…

. . . that the Holy Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the only source and authority for doctrine.

. . . that there is one eternal, almighty, holy, just, loving, gracious God who is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity).

. . . that mankind was created in the image of God (perfect holiness), but fell into sin by disobeying God’s command, thus bring God’s wrath and the punishment of death upon all people.

. . . that all people are now sinful from conception, a corruption so deep that they are by nature spiritually dead, enemies of God, and having no power on their own to believe in God or please Him by their own merits.

. . . that the Son of God, purely out of love, took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, lived a holy life, suffered God’s wrath by His death, and rose again from the dead, all on behalf of the world so as to save mankind from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

. . . that people receive this gift of salvation solely through faith and not by any good works on their part and this faith is created by the Holy Spirit as He works through the Gospel, the good news of salvation through Jesus.

. . . that this Gospel comes through preaching, Holy Baptism (a washing away of sin for all people, including infants), Holy Absolution (the pronouncement of forgiveness by a called servant of God), and Holy Communion (Christ’s true body and blood in and with the bread and wine given to Christians for the remission of sins).

. . . that Jesus will come again in glory for the final judgment and the resurrection of the dead – believers to eternal life; unbelievers to eternal damnation.