THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
The Commandments are a summary of God's Law, teaching us what we should do and what we should not do. But ever since the fall of mankind in Eden, we are unable to keep God's Law as we should and have corrupted our world and brought God's wrath upon ourselves. And so the commandments show us our sin and our need of a Savior.
1. You shall have no other gods.
2. You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God.
3. Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not murder.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
THE APOSTLES' CREED
The Creed is a summary of the teachings of Christ's apostles. It tells us who God is and what He does for us. He is one God yet three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He has created all things and still sustains them. About two thousand years ago, the Son took on human flesh and was born of the virgin Mary. As both God and man He died on the cross to redeem us from sin, death, and the devil. Three days later, He rose again from the dead and now dwells with us in His Word and Sacraments. The Holy Spirit gives us faith by the same Word and Sacraments thus forgiving our sins and giving us eternal life in Christ.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
God commands us to pray and promises to hear us for Jesus' sake. And so He taught us this prayer, in which we learn the seven most important blessings for which we should ask every day.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
WORD AND SACRAMENTS
Christ won forgiveness and eternal life for us by His death and resurrection, and He delivers these blessings to us by His Word found in the preaching and teaching of the Holy Scriptures and the giving of the Sacraments of Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion.
These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name. John 20:31
Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself. Acts 2:38-39
Jesus breathed on the disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” John 20:22-23
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." Matthew 26:26-28
All of these teachings can be found in more detail in The Small Catechism or in even greater detail in The Book of Concord. You can also found more information on the LCMS website or by contacting the Church Office.