What We Believe   

We are a traditional, liturgical, confessional Lutheran church serving the southern Dallas area. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church affirms all the fundamental teachings of the Christian faith including:

  • the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  • the sinful nature of all humans and their need for a Savior;
  • the true Deity of Jesus Christ;
  • complete atonement and salvation, not by works, but through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ;
  • the inerrant truth of God's Word, the Bible, Baptism and the Lord's Supper, and resurrection from the dead and life eternal.

With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod  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. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Being "Lutheran", our congregation accepts and teaches Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases:

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.


When we say we are confessional, we refer to Lutheran confessions that we subscribe to and which are true and unadulterated statements and expositions of the Word of God. These confessions of our faith are articulated in the Book of Concord of 1580 and include the following:

     »  The Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, & Athanasian Creed
     »  The Augsburg Confession
     »  The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
     »  The Large Catechism
     »  The Small Catechism
     »  The Smalcald Articles
     »  Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
     »  The Epitome of the Formula of Concord
     »  The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord

Because these texts are drawn from the Word of God and defend it against false doctrine, we regard them as authoritative texts for all pastors and congregations.