Our Beliefs

Being part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, or LCMS, Salem accepts and teaches the Bible-based writings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.  The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.


Grace Alone
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him, and do not deserve His love. 
He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith Alone
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

Communion

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at Salem Lutheran Church in the confession and glad confidence that, our Lord gives into our mouths His very body and blood, in, with, and under the elements of bread and wine. These are given to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another. Our Lord invites to His table those who are baptized, trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes.


Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (those holding membership in a different church body or denomination), and yet desire to receive the Sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or an usher.


For further study, see Matthew 5:23-24; 10:32-33; 18:15–35; 26:26–29; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34


For more information or questions, please contact the church office.