Who We Are
Church For All Nations exists to invite people into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, motivating and empowering them through the Holy Spirit for discipleship, so that we bear fruit witnessed in the church and from there to our city---How do we do this?By living our faith outloud, based on Philemon 6, which reads: “I pray that you may be active in your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. ”---Core BeliefsWith the universal Christian Church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) teaches and responds 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 human beings 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. Being Lutheran, our congregations accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, and Faith alone. Grace alone—God loves all the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebellious against Him, and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. 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. 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. The congregations of the LCMS are confessional. They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther’s Small Catechism, while the Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.