What we believe

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, is a Confessional Lutheran Church and subscribes unconditionally to the Lutheran Confessions contained in the Book of Concord of 1580. We believe that these Confessions rightly proclaim a correct and thorough exposition of God's Holy Word. We do not hold these Confessions above God's Holy Word as it is revealed to us in the Bible. The Bible is the absolute sole source and norm of all Christian doctrine. Our Confessions simply confess and teach what God reveals to us in the Bible. By subscribing unconditionally to our Lutheran Confessions, we are saying that what our Confessions teach about Christian doctrine as it is revealed in God's Holy Word is what we believe and confess to be true. We cannot improve upon what is presented in our Confessions. Therefore, to understand what we believe and teach, click on the links below to read our Lutheran Confessions. Also provided is a link to "A Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod," which was adopted in 1932.


The Three Ecumenical or Universal Creeds

The Augsburg Confession

The Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession

The Large Catechism

The Small Catechism

The Smalcald Articles

Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope

The Epitome of the Formula of Concord

The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord

A Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod (adopted in 1932)