Who We Are:

St. Peter's Lutheran Church is a family of believers who believes in God's saving love, in church growth and vibrant worship through Word and Sacrament, and in sharing his love as we care for others. We are a congregation in the Missouri District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. With that, we uphold the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as espoused in the documents contained in the Book of Concord.
 

What We Believe:

Scripture

We believe Scripture is the Word of God, irrefutable and without contradiction, written by men, over centuries, in the power of God's Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). This Word of God reveals Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and our Lord (John 20:31), and it contains the promises of God for our salvation as well as our instructions to live as God's children, loving him and those around us (2 Timothy 3:16,17).

The Godhead & the Father

There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), who reveals himself in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all equal in nature, power, and glory (2Corinthians 13:14). Although we repeatedly break fellowship with him, God the Father loves us and sent us his Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to reconcile us back to himself to be his children (John 3:16,171John 4:14John 14:26).

Sin

People are born into imperfection and faults, immediately separating us from God from the moment we exist (Psalm 51:5). Since we are then unworthy to approach God on our own, we need a Savior, Jesus Christ, to advocate to God for us (1John 2:1). Even after we receive salvation from Jesus, we still sin. The fundamental difference between the sinner who is in Christ and the sinner who is apart from Christ is that Christ covers the believer's sin and is known by God as righteous (Romans 7:25).

Jesus Christ

Jesus is the Son of God and, mysteriously, is God himself (John 1:1-3). He is fully divine and fully human. He was sent by the Father to serve as a substitutionary sacrifice in our place, so that we might be called righteous by our heavenly Father (2Corinthians 5:21). He accomplished this by voluntarily dying on the cross to justify us and rising bodily from the dead, so that we might share in his victory over sin, death itself, and the devil (Romans 8:16,17). Right now, he sits in authority and power at the right hand of the Father, constantly interceding for us (Romans 8:34). He will return to us to condemn those who do not truly know him to eternal destruction, but he will restore the faithful to perfect, eternal communion with their Father.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit gathers sinners into the body of Christ by convicting them of their sin, then regenerating them through baptism (1Corinthians 12:13). He also comforts and sustains them. The Spirit indwells believers, sealing them in Christ until he returns and bestowing on them gifts that build the Church on earth (John 14:16,17John 16:7-14).

The Church

The Church universal, namely members of the body of Christ united across all time and space, also called his bride, is the manifestation of Christ on earth and the fulfillment of his ministry (Ephesians 1.22,23Colossians 1.241Peter 1:10-12). Entrusted to the Church is the power to forgive sins or withhold forgiveness from the impenitent (John 20:23) and the proclamation of Christ's death and resurrection (1Corinthians 11:23-26), all of which is exercised by the local church.

Sacraments

We, as part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, recognize two physical gifts of God through which he works to forgive sins (Sacraments), namely baptism and the Lord's Supper (1John 5:6-8). Baptism gives a person new spiritual life and new works in the world by initiating him or her into the Church (Titus 3:5).

The Lord's Supper (or “Eucharist”) is the true body and blood of Christ (John 6:53-58) that simultaneously, mysteriously, is true bread and wine. By it, Jesus Christ keeps and sustains believers in the body (1Corinthians 10:17). The Eucharist demands a full self-examination before we take it, because, while it forgives the sins of the faithful in Christ, it pronounces judgment on those who take it casually and insincerely (1Corinthians 11:27-29).

Eternal Life

Eternal life is a victory won by Christ when he was raised from the dead, and he shares that victory with his followers. Life everlasting is not singing and going to church all the time; it is the restoration and glorification of God's whole creation (Isaiah 65:17-251Corinthians 15:20-22). It is being in perfect communion with the Godhead forever, without divide. It is being in complete fulfillment of his will and always loving one another and him in his very gracious, merciful, loving, illuminating presence (Revelation 22:3-5).

For a more detailed explanation of what we believe, please contact Pastor Hercamp or examine the Book of Concord.