Beliefs & Practice


Calvary Lutheran Church, (Waterloo, NY) is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). We accept the Holy Bible as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and subscribe unconditionally to all the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God.

Our Beliefs

With the universal Christian Church, the LCMS teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.

Being “Lutheran,” we at Calvary accept and teach what can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.”

Grace alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

This is but a short summary of what we believe at Calvary Lutheran Church. To learn more about our church believes, teaches, and confesses, please contact us or visit the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod website at