History and Beliefs

Our history

First Lutheran Church of Boston was formed as an independent Lutheran congregation in 1839, later becoming a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The Missouri Synod is a doctrinally conservative church body with more than 6,000 member congregations. We are in fellowship with Lutheran church bodies throughout the world.

We believe, teach, and confess…

There is one God in three persons:
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The books of the Old and New Testaments
are the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
There is one, holy, catholic (Christian) Church,
with Jesus Christ as her head.
A person is saved (justified) entirely 
by God’s grace, through faith, which is created 
by the Holy Spirit where and when He pleases.
Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God
born of the virgin Mary, was crucified, 
died and was buried, and rose again in His body 
on the third day. He ascended into heaven, 
and will come again on the last day 
to be our judge.

For a simple explanation of our faith,
we invite you to read the Small Catechism
and to consult the resources available at the LCMS website.