Jesus’ Resurrection Changes Everything
We believe that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection changes everything.
We are in the middle of a story that began with God creating the world good. Shortly after, the first humans rebelled against God and God’s good world was broken. But God did not abandon His creation, rather, He promised to restore it. That promise is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
We find ourselves in the third act of this narrative. God is actively working in our world to fix that which is broken through the love and sacrifice of Jesus. We as the Christian church are God’s ambassadors, announcing this good news to the world.
We believe that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13, ESV). Becoming a Christian doesn’t require a laundry list of good works. Becoming a Christian requires faith in Christ, who has done all of the good work for us.
Jesus’ disciple, Thomas, places his finger into the wound in Jesus’ side. (John 10:27)
What does it mean to be Lutheran?
Hundreds of years after the life of Jesus, a monk named of Martin Luther taught many key ideas that forever changed the trajectory of the church. Luther sought to restore authority to its proper place by teaching three key ideas:
1. Grace Alone. Grace is when we receive something that we do not earn. God loves us so much, even though we are sinful, that He sent Jesus to die for us. It is only through God’s free gift of Jesus that we are saved. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
2. Faith Alone. Good works cannot save anyone. It is only through faith, trusting in God’s promises, that we are saved. (Romans 3:21-26)
3. Scripture Alone. Luther taught that the sole rule of faith and doctrine should be the Bible. All of our beliefs and practices should be based in what the Bible teaches. (1 Peter 1:16-21)
To help teach Christian doctrine, Luther wrote a short book called The Small Catechism. In this work, Luther summarizes our beliefs in six core ideas, which we call the “Six Chief Parts”: The Ten Commandments, The Apostles Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, Holy Baptism, The Office of the Keys (Confession), and The Sacrament of the Altar (Communion).
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg in Germany.
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Shepherd of the Hills belongs to a church body known as the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. The term “synod” comes from a Greek term that means “walking together.” Every church in the LCMS believes in the Bible alone for doctrine and practice as interpreted by the teachings of Luther.
Being a part of the LCMS provides:
Theological accountability. What we teach has been tested and vetted by many individuals over the course of hundreds of years.
Continuity among churches. You can visit any LCMS church in any part of the country and chances are you will have a similar experience.
Worldwide missions, service, and relief. Together, we serve more people than we could as individual churches.
Orphans in Haiti exchange handprints with students enrolled at Shepherd’s school. In partnership with the Mission Haiti, we’ve developed a friendship with Faith Boy’s Home.