Vision and Mission
The mission of Trinity Lutheran Church is to be a congregation that brings all people closer to Jesus through the Word of God, Worship, and Caring Service.
Nothing is more important to us than sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus in our words and actions. Though we are imperfect people and in constant need of God's forgiveness, He empowers us to be the lips, hands, and feet of Jesus to a world in need.
What We Teach
We teach and respond to the love of the Triune God: The Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, The Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
What Difference Does Jesus Make?
No one else has influenced history as Jesus has. Jesus is the Son of God. Old Testament prophets spoke of Jesus' coming and described the eternal life-changing implications of that event.
Suffering and pain touch everyone. Even Christians, who claim that Jesus is the source of hope amidst their struggles, still suffer and die. So what's the point? What difference does Jesus make?
Look at the brokenness that invades your life--those things that cause guilt, shame, and grief. They exist because of a condition called sin. Though all of us are created in the image of God, sin separates us from God and robs us of the peace, comfort, and hope we crave. No matter how hard we try, there isn't anything we can do to make things right again on our own. That's where Jesus comes in.
Jesus knows how we feel. Jesus makes the difference at that very point: when our pain intersects our cry for help. Jesus is God's answer to that cry.
Jesus took the punishment that we deserve. He died in our place so that we can be forgiven. Because we are forgiven, we have the comfort of being at peace with God. Because of what Jesus has done for us, our past is forgiven, our present can be lived with confidence, and our future is guaranteed.
The change Jesus makes is sustained in us right here and now through the preaching of the Word of God and the Sacraments. it is reflected in our calling to serve others, to share the love of Jesus in word and deed, and to make a difference...in our families, communities, and in the wider world. For all who believe in Jesus, an everlasting world without suffering, sin, and death is assured. This glorious place called heaven is where you will see Jesus face to face. That's the difference Jesus makes!
Christian First, Lutheran Second
We are followers of Christ and identify first as "Christians." Yet, our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
Grace Alone (SOLA GRATIA)
God loves the people of the world, even though they rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, the Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith Alone (SOLA FIDE)
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus 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 (SOLA SCRIPTURA)
We confess the entirety of Scriptures to be God-breathed and infallible. The Bible is God's Word...and God doesn't lie. The Scriptures reveal God's Law and the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
What Does "Synod" Mean?
The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together." The term has rich meaning in our church body, because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, our congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in the Holy Scripture and as interpreted and presented in the Lutheran Confessions. Contained in The Book of Concord, these statements of belief were transcribed and shared broadly by church leaders during the 16th century. Luther's Small Catechism contains essential summaries of our beliefs, while the Augsburg Confession gives more detail about what Lutherans believe.