I often tell people about our church, "We teach from the Bible the Good News about Jesus Christ, about God's mercy on us sinners."
Many, many churches don't stick to the Bible when they teach. Last week, I saw a round-table discussion on various churches after the Reformation. It became so clear that most of the churches presented their ideas about what the Bible said (rather than simply teaching the Bible's Law and Gospel.) Simply explained another way, they gave their feelings about the Bible, and their ideas about what God does and says.
Preachers may give a wandering interpretation of God's Law. Or the Word may be blended with a huge dose of logical good intentions, works righteousness, contemporary self-help, progressive societal reconstruction, or even false doctrine like: "well, most roads lead to heaven, anyway..."
Apostle Paul in the New Testament sums up his teaching focus by writing, "For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified..." Jesus' sacrifice for sinners is at the center of God's will and God's Word, God's chief teaching, without which we miss God's full love and mercy for us.
Find helpful materials on the sanctity of all human life, from embryo to advanced age, at lcms.org.
Click on these helpful links for more information about the Christian faith, our church body, and teachings:
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod: Our Church body's official web site, with valuable information and resources, and enlightening and educational articles
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Eastern District: District resources and information for the tri-state area
Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Ministries (PALM): Local LCMS missions agency, with directories and other resources
"What is marriage?": What does God say about marriages and families in His Word?
Online Bible: Readable, Searchable, Printable Scripture in many popular translations
Just for Kids web site: Online, uplifting fun for Christian kids
Lutheran Hour Ministries: Multi-faceted Mercy ministries and Gospel ministries near and around the world
Lutheran Women's Missionary League (Lutheran Women in Mission): Missions domestic and global, led by our women
Message about recent SCOTUS ruling on "marriage": Excerpt: "Christians will now begin to learn what it means to be in a state of solemn conscientious objection against the state. We will resist its imposition of falsehood upon us, even as we continue to reach out to those who continue to be harmed by the ethic of radical sexual freedom, detached from God’s blessing of marriage. And we will stand shoulder to shoulder with Christians, churches and people of good will who are resolute on this issue." by Synod president Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
Portals of Prayer: Daily Devotional readings for every age