Our Beliefs

Our beliefs can be summarized by the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530 Articles IV-X:

Also they teach that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but are freely justified for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight. Rom. 3 and 4.

That we may obtain this faith, the Ministry of Teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. For through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Ghost is given, who works faith; where and when it pleases God, in them that hear the Gospel, to wit, that God, not for our own merits, but for Christ's sake, justifies those who believe that they are received into Grace for Christ's sake.

Also they teach that this faith is bound to bring forth good fruits, and that it is necessary to do good works commanded by God, because of God's will, but that we should not rely on those works to merit justification before God. For remission of sins and justification is apprehended by faith, as also the voice of Christ attests: When ye shall have done all these things, say: We are unprofitable servants. Luke 17, 10. The same is also taught by the Fathers. For Ambrose says: It is ordained of God that he who believes in Christ is saved, freely receiving remission of sins, without works, by faith alone.

Also they teach that one holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered.

Although the Church properly is the congregation of saints and true believers, nevertheless, since in this life many hypocrites and evil persons are mingled therewith, it is lawful to use Sacraments administered by evil men, according to the saying of Christ: The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, etc. Matt. 23, 2. Both the Sacraments and Word are effectual by reason of the institution and commandment of Christ, notwithstanding they be administered by evil men.

Of Baptism they teach that it is necessary to salvation, and that through Baptism is offered the grace of God, and that children are to be baptized who, being offered to God through Baptism are received into God's grace.

Of the Supper of the Lord they teach that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present, and are distributed to those who eat the Supper of the Lord; and they reject those that teach otherwise.

Our beliefs are simply stated in Luther's Small Catechism, which is put together in a simple question and answer format.  Other doctrinal and historical documents regarding our beliefs can be found here.  

Our faith is also outlined in these accepted Creeds:

Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

 

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again
according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge
both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshiped and glorified,
who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Athanasian Creed

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eternal.
As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord,
So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal:
so that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped.
He, therefore, that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds;
and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood;
Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ:
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God;
One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation;
descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty;
from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

 

 

 

 
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  • Reflections on St. Louis

    Recently, our youth group traveled to St. Louis to see the sights and visit Concordia Seminary. Pastor Bussman arranged great and infromative lectures from Dr. Herrmann, Dr. Biermann, and Dr. Saleska. Our kids had a great experience and wanted to share those experiences with the congregation.We greatly appreciate Randy Frost driving us on our trip. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.

    Emily Trahan

    Youth Director


    Saturday was the ride to St. Louis. I liked getting to know more about my friends, talking to them, and calling John Mark dad. Sunday the cards game - we ate Mexican food and went to church, we took communion there. Monday we went to the zoo and got to see my favorite animal, a rhino, it was really cool. We ate at Duffys  and I got ribs. Tuesday at the seminary, we got to meet Dr. Herrmann and we went on a tour. We got the history of the seminary. Wednesday at Budweiser, I got to see the Clydesdale's. We called John Mark dad because acted like a dad and looked like a dad with his bucket hat. Dr Herman was a history professor, he took us on a tour of the history in the church. We got to see some old books and he was really nice. Dr. Biermann teaches systematic theology, he told us what Rajiv detre it means reason for being. Dr Saleska was a pastor for 15 years in Cincinnati and works at the seminary now. I would like to thank the congregation for allowing us to go on this trip with no out of pocket money. And for generously donating money so that this was even possible. - Evan Hogeland


    My overall experience in Saint Louis was really good. Saturday, we drove up to Saint Louis and we stopped at Freddy's steak burgers and ate there. Then we were back on the bus and bound for Saint Louis. Sunday we went to church in Hamel and we were able to attend Pastor Whedon's bible class and the service was just like ours at Saint Paul's. After the service, I was able to see my grandmother that I haven't seen in a long while so that was very nice and I was also able to see my aunt. After being able to see my grandma, we went to get ready to see the cardinal game at Busch stadium. The best part of the baseball game was the food and drinks in the party box. The best part of the game was the seventh inning because the Cardinals caught up with the Reds, but unfortunately the Cardinals didn't win the game. Monday, we went to the zoo and we were able to see the penguins first and then the polar bear. At 10 o'clock we were able to see the sea lion show with Robbie the sea lion. My favorite animal at the zoo was Robbie. After the zoo, we went to the seminary and Pastor Bussman gave us a tour of the seminary with Mr. Lackey. Tuesday, we went to the seminary and had another tour but with Dr. Herrmann. He showed us all the history in the seminary and then went to eat at Carl's sandwich shop. Wednesday, we went back to the seminary and had a lecture with Dr. Biermann about our raison D'e^ tre which means reason for being. After that we went to the Budweiser brewery and were able to see the Clydesdales and took a picture with Lloyd the Clydesdale and we learned how the beer was made. After that we went to the Arch and we went on a river boat ride at six o'clock. Thursday, we went to the seminary and had a lecture with Dr. Saleska about the Psalms and the Old Testament. After that we were on the road heading home and we stopped for lunch at Lambert's cafe where they throw the rolls to you. But overall this trip was great and I learned more about the Lutheran faith. So thank you all for the people that donated. - Jeremiah Dake 

    I really liked the church we went to at St. Paul's in Hamel and I really liked Pastor Whedon. I enjoyed the Cards game especially the food we had and I had 6 Shirley temples and they were delicious. Also, we got to sit in the box right behind the plate. My second favorite thing was the zoo because I got to see animals I don't see a lot and it really helped me get to learn about all the different animals and Robbie the sea lion. We went to the seminary and took a tour with Jonathon Lackey and Pastor Bussman. He showed us where he stayed and all the stuff that he did for fun. Then my other second favorite part was when we went to the seminary and learned a little bit about Martin Luther with Dr. Herrmann. He also he took us on a tour and we got to see books from the ancient times I also got to read a little bit of Latin with him. Then Dr. Biermann gave us a lecture on the different types of theology primarily systematic. Then he told us what raison D 'e^ tre means. It means reason for being and taught us what our reason for being on this earth is for, to protect and serve God's creation. Also, we went to the Budweiser museum and got some cool souvenirs then we went to the Arch and took a river boat cruise and learned a lot of stuff about the Mississippi River. Then we went to the seminary and Dr. Saleska gave us a lecture on exegetical theology and we learned how to read and connect with the psalms and understand them. We went across new Madrid fault on the way home. Thank you guys so much for the donations and all your support of our fundraisers. We had a lot of fun. We love you all and greatly appreciate it thanks for helping. - Minor Lamar 

    The trip was very fun, even though there were a few bumps along the way, I enjoyed being able to spend time with everyone for much longer than I would usually get to. Dr. Biermann's lecture was very informative and the tour of the seminary was great. That was my first time going into a bell tower, let alone one at Concordia. The chapel service was very beautiful. Outside of the seminary, I enjoyed going to the zoo. On the second day we went, the worker at the penguins got the one I was watching to come closer to me which was super cool. I also bought the best opossum ever and had the most delicious cheese enchiladas. I'd like to thank all of those who supported and donated to our youth group, if it weren't for everyone we would not have been able to take this amazing trip. - Alyx Osmer Bibb 

    On my trip to St.Louis , I learned from Pastor Bussman about seminary life and what it was like to live on campus. I also learned about the seminary's collection of rare books from Dr. Herrmann. I also enjoyed learning about the brewing process from the Budweiser tour we took. I also enjoyed seeing the Arch and going on a riverboat cruise around it. From Dr.Biermann, I learned about my vocation and reason for being. I also enjoyed seeing the zoo and the animals it had to offer. I am greatly thankful for the congregation and their support of our youth program. Without it we wouldn't be able to rent our own box for the Cardinals' game. I greatly cherish and am thankful for their generosity. - John Mark Johnson 

    I had a great time in St. Louis. Sunday we met Pastor Wheedon and went to his awesome church. After that, we went to the Cardinals game and had a private box which was amazing. Monday, we went to the zoo in the morning and saw a bunch of animals and in the evening we went to the seminary and had a tour with Jonathan Lackey and Pastor  Bussman. Tuesday, we went to the seminary and had a lecture with Dr. Herman and I enjoyed hearing about when he went to Poland to work on the Luther movie and then we went to the zoo again to finish seeing the rest of the animals. Wednesday, we went to the seminary and had a lecture with Dr. Biermann, after that we went to the brewery and saw the Clydesdales. Thursday, we had a lecture with Dr. Saleska and we ate lunch at Lamberts in Missouri. I had an awesome time on our trip and thank you for supporting us throughout our fundraisers. - Joseph Conn