We are a church of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Below you will find a summary of our core beliefs. For more information, visit the synod’s website.
The Bible is God’s divinely inspired and inerrant Word, which means that what the Bible tells us is reliable and true (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20; Genesis 1:1-3; Galatians 4:6).
God made everything that exists and created human beings to enjoy communion with him and community with each other (Genesis 1-3).
Through Adam and Eve all mankind fell into sin and deserve death (Romans 5:12, 6:23).
God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross as payment for our sins (Good Friday). Three days later, on Easter morning, Jesus rose from the dead. Through His life, death and resurrection, all who believe in him have eternal life (John 3:16).
No one can be saved apart from saving faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12).
By the power of the Holy Spirit, God creates faith in our hearts to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin, death and the devil (Romans 10:17).
Through Baptism, we enter into the fellowship of Christ’s Body, God’s Family, the holy Christian Church, in which we worship God, study God’s Word, and grow spiritually together in love for God and one another (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:1-15). God expects and encourages all believers in Christ to gather together for regular, public worship to praise God, pray for and encourage one another, hear his Word, receive his Sacraments, and be equipped for daily Christian life and personal witness to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Matthew 28:19-20).
Someday Christ will come again to raise our bodies from the dead and reunite them with our souls, renew the whole creation, and judge people for their sins on the basis of faith or unbelief (1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21-22; Romans 8).
Our Communion Practice
The Lord’s Supper is offered every Sunday. We believe that with the bread and wine of communion we receive the very body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Scripture instructs us that: “Everyone should examine himself, therefore, and with this attitude eat the bread and drink from the cup” (1 Cor. 11:28). It is our desire that all would be able to commune with us, however, out of high regard for the Word of God, and believing that communing together professes agreement in all we believe, teach and confess, University Hills Lutheran Church observes the biblical practice of close(d) communion, where unity in belief comes before unity in practice. Members of sister congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod are encouraged to commune with us. We ask visitors who are not members of the LCMS to speak with the pastor if you are interested in learning more about our church and communion practices.