What We Believe
With the universal Christian Church, Monona Lutheran, as a member congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, teaches and responds to the love of the triune God:
- The Father, creator of all that exists, alone sustains the universe with His almighty power.
- The Son, Jesus Christ, 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.
- The Holy Spirit, creates and nurtures faith through God's Word and sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Three Key Truths
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.
Scripture Alone: The Bible is God's inspired, 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 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 Main Message of the Bible
A common misunderstanding is that the Bible is simply a book of rules. The most important message of the Bible, however, is about Jesus, our savior.
Jesus said, "The scriptures testify about me." That message is the good news of God's work to reconcile the world to Himself through His life, death, and resurrection. The good news of God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ predominates the pages of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Bible is truly gospel centered.
Central Concepts of Faith
Redemption: We believe that our savior had to be true man to live under the law perfectly for us and die in our place for our sins. We believe that our savior had to be true God to rescue us from the power of sin, death, and the devil. (John 3:17; Romans 4:25, 5:18, and 6:23; I John 2:2)
Justification: We believe that the entire world was declared to be righteous in Christ through His death and resurrection. It is by grace through faith alone that the righteousness of Christ becomes the personal possession of a sinner. (Romans 1:17, 4:25, and 5:1-2; John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Good Works: We believe that good works are necessary fruits of faith in the life of a Christian, but they do not earn eternal life for the sinner. Good works express our gratitude for all that God does for us.