Missouri Synod | Waterloo, Iowa 

What We Believe

What Do We Believe?

As you enter our doors at Faith Lutheran Church, you are welcomed by simple but bold statements. Carefully cut and painted signs proclaim the creed, “Scripture Alone! Grace Alone! Faith Alone! Christ Alone! To God Alone Be the Glory!” These teachings are truly biblical, and they are the fruit of Martin Luther’s Reformation, and the rediscovery of the Gospel. It is important that we keep these teachings ever before us, so that we do not lose sight of who God is, who we are, and what our relationship with Him is.

Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and that it alone is the source of what we believe and what we practice. When we say that the Bible is inspired, we mean that the Holy Spirit instructed the authors of the Bible in what to write. When we say that the Bible is inerrant, we mean that it contains no errors. Lutherans are not anti-reason, or anti-tradition, or anti-experience. We simply use the scriptures to judge the validity of reason, tradition and experience, and not the other way around. We believe the Bible is God's perfect Word, and we do not add to it or subtract from it.

Sola Gratia: Grace Alone

Our faith centers around the assurance that salvation is based on the unearned free gift of God's grace. Though we are sinful by nature and deserve for God to be angry with us, Jesus Christ won salvation for us by His dying on the cross to pay for our sins. We in no way contribute to this salvation, but instead receive it by mercy, and give thanks and praise for His mercy to us sinners.

Sola Fide: Faith Alone

God’s grace to us is received by faith in what Jesus has done for us. We believe that a Christian is to serve God and neighbor by doing good works, but that no one can be saved by good works because good works do not atone for our sins. No one can live a good enough life to get into heaven. This is what separates Christianity from all other world religions. Other religions focus on what a person has to or what hoops we have to jump through to be made right with God. Christianity points to what Christ has done to make us right with God. Through God’s Word, through Baptism and through the Lord’s Supper our faith is created and sustained.

Solo Christo: Christ Alone

Our only basis and assurance of salvation is the life, death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Christianity is inclusive in the belief that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. It is exclusive in the belief that there is no other way to heaven except through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus atoning work of dying on the cross is bigger than our sin. He is greater than death, hell and the devil. He alone is our Savior.

Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone

We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe, teach and confess that all glory and honor are to be given to Him alone. He is the Creator of all things. He is the Savior of mankind and the only way to heaven. He creates and sustains faith in our hearts, and gives us everything we need to daily sustain our bodies and lives. He alone is the Author of all that is good. We are to put our fear, love and trust in Him alone.

Guided by these principles, we will understand and approach God’s Word in a faithful and godly way. Always remember the Five Solas as you continue your life of faith!

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church

1555 W. Ridgeway Ave

Waterloo, IA 50701

319-236-1771

Email: faithluth@aol.com