What We Believe

"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”    Matthew 1:21
The Solas of Lutheranism
Grace Alone
We believe that our salvation is entirely a gift of grace from God and not our own doing.
 
Faith Alone
We believe that we receive grace through faith and not by any works we do.
Scripture Alone
We Believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it alone is the source and norm of what we believe and practice.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God's command and connected with God's word.  Christ our Lord, says in the last chapter of Matthew: Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Sacrament of the Altar
The Sacrament of the Altar is known also as the Lord's Supper, the Lord's Table, Holy Communion, the Breaking of Bread and the Eucharist.
"It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, for us Christians to eat and to drink, instituted by Christ Himself." Luther's Small Catechism
We Confess
We confess the one Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We confess the Word of God revealed as both Law and Gospel.
We confess the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the divinely inspired Word of God and as the only source and norm of this Congregation’s faith, moral standards, and life.
We also confess as the true exposition and presentation of the faith: The Apostle’s Creed; the Nicene Creed; and the Athanasian Creed;  the unaltered Augsburg Confession and its Apology;  the Smalcald Articles;  the Large and Small Catechism of Luther;  and the Formula of Concord; and other confessional writings in the Book of Concord. 
Our Core Values (NALC)
Christ Centered

We confess the apostolic faith in Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scriptures. We affirm the authority of the Scriptures as the authoritative source and norm, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged” (Formula of Concord). We accept the ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran Confessions as true witnesses to the Word of God.

Mission Driven

We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel and to make disciples for Christ. We believe that making disciples — in our congregations, in our communities and nations, and around the world — must be a priority of the Church in the present age.

Traditionally Grounded

We affirm the ecumenical creeds and the faithful witness of the Church across time and space. We endorse the form and practices of the universal Church that are consistent with Scripture, particularly the office of the ministry and the tradition of worship under Word and Sacrament. We seek dialogue and fellowship with other Lutheran churches and with faithful Christians of other confessions.

Congregationally Focused

We strive to be a church that is organized to facilitate the ministries of local congregations in a posture of servanthood and a spirit of partnership, through the provision of resources, connections and information.

What is a Confessional Lutheran?
A Confessional Lutheran is a person who believes, teaches, and confesses the truths of God's Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord, which contains the Lutheran Confessions of Faith.
The Book of Concord contains the Ecumenical Creeds, Augsburg Confession, Small and Large Catechism, Formula of Concord, the Smallcald Articles, and other writings of the Lutheran Reformation.
ABOUT US

St. Matthew Lutheran is a traditional, confessional Lutheran Church located in the scenic community of Sandy Hill, just minutes from Brenham, Texas. 

ADDRESS

8819 FM 2621

Brenham, TX  77833

 

(979) 836-8894

office@stmatthewbrenham.org

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