BELIEF AND PRACTICE OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD
With the universal Christian Church,
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 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;
- the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
THE BELIEF OF CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
Our aim and purpose as God’s people is to bring more people into the fellowship of Jesus Christ by faith through the Gospel, that they may better understand God’s purpose for their life here on earth and the Life to come. To accomplish this, Christ the King Lutheran Church of Cody has a strong program of Christian Education centered in the Bible.
Both Old and New Testament, is in every part the inspired Word of God, unalterable and complete, requiring no human interpretations and permitting no addition to its teachings.
GOD AND MAN
God is one divine essence, Who has revealed Himself in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man, originally created by God pure and holy, fell from this high state, bringing the curse of sin upon the whole human race, and in his present fallen state is entirely depraved and enslaved in sin.
LAW AND GOSPEL
Law summarized in the Ten Commandments, demands perfection of the heart, thought, word, and deed, and therefore cannot save, but wholly condemns the sinner.
Gospel, reveals how Jesus Christ, the Son of Mary and the son of God, perfectly fulfilled the law in man's stead, and by His suffering and death paid the full penalty for the guilt of the whole world, and by His resurrection has been declared the all-sufficient Divine Redeemer--so that all who penitently accept Christ as the one and only Savior in sincere faith are justified in the sight of God and made heirs of salvation.
BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
Baptism, commanded by Christ Himself, is to be administered to both young and old without exception, is washing of regeneration, a spiritual rebirth through which saving faith is created in man's heart by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel.
Communion, in which every communicant receives Jesus Christ's Body and Blood, together with the bread and wine, is received by the believing Christian for the forgiveness of sins, strengthening of faith, and growth in godliness.
FAITH AND THE CHURCH
Faith is not a personal achievement, but it is wrought in the heart of man by God the Holy Spirit, Who works through the "Means of Grace," the Word and the Sacraments.
The Church is the sum total of all who believe in the Triune God and who have faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Judgment Day will come at the end of time, when Christ will visibly return to judge the living and the dead, receiving into Eternal Glory all who firmly trusted in Him, and pronouncing eternal doom upon all who refused to acknowledge Him as their Redeemer and Lord.