What We Believe
The congregation of Blessed Sacrament Lutheran Church accepts and will uphold and defend without reservation, as the only binding standards of the orthodox catholic faith:
The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures of the 39 canonical books of the Old Testament and 27 canonical books of the New Testament are the inspired, inerrant, infallible, efficacious, perspicuous written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice. (See, e.g., the preamble to the Epitome of the Formula of Concord.)
The Lutheran Confessions
As subordinate standards to the Holy Scriptures, all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are held to be true and unadulterated statements and expositions of the Word of God as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, to wit: the three Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed), the unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, the Large Catechism of Luther, the Small Catechism of Luther, the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, and the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord. All Pastors and Elders of Blessed Sacrament Lutheran Church hold a “quia subscription” to the Book of Concord of 1580 and all of her members are instructed thereon.
Doctrines at Variance with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions
No doctrine shall be taught at Blessed Sacrament Lutheran Church which is at variance with the Holy Scriptures or the Book of Concord of 1580.
The Blessed Sacrament
St. Ignatius of Antioch was born around the time of Jesus' crucifixion and sentenced to death by Emperor Trajan in 107 A.D. (feast day October 17th). He was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist and was consecrated by St. Peter as the second Bishop of Antioch, Syria, in 69 A.D. In his Epistle to the Ephesians, after affirming that Jesus Christ is "both the Son of Man and the Son of God," he refers to the Eucharist as, "the medicine of immortality, and the antidote to prevent us from dying, but [which causes] that we should live for ever in Jesus Christ."
The Visible Gospel
Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Rev. Marcus Williams
The Rev. Marcus A. Williams has served Blessed Sacrament as Pastor since his installation in May, 2022. He was ordained in 2017 after completing his theological study at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He served a dual parish from 2017 to 2022 in N. Central, MT. An Idaho native, Rev. Williams is glad to return to the land of his youth in order that the pure light of the Gospel is preached and the blessed Sacraments of the Lord Jesus Christ are administered according to the Gospel. He achieved his bachelor's degree in English Writing at the University of Montana in Missoula. Rev. Williams spends his time reading Sacred Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and other relevant works of Theology, Culture, and Literature.
Together with his dear wife, Jill (a native of Oklahoma), he has four children and prays that his quiver will be filled with more (Ps. 127:5). He enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, fly fishing, and a little hunting. Above all, he strives to be faithful in the vocations he has been placed, as a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor, all the while depending upon the gracious mercy come through Jesus Christ whose shed blood covers over the multitude of his sin.
Rev. Dr. John Bombaro
The Rev. Dr. John J Bombaro helped found Blessed Sacrament Lutheran Church since its founding in the summer of 2020. As a missionary of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, he functions as the Associate Director of Theological Education. He also holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander as a United States Navy Reserve Chaplain with the Marine Corps (5/14 Marines). Dr. Bombaro joined the faculty of Rīga Luther Academy in early 2020 and continues to serve as a lecturer and curriculum developer. He is a frequent contributor to Issues, Etc., The White Horse Inn, and Sharper Iron radio programs; he writes for Modern Reformation, Core Christianity, 1517, The Craft of Preaching, and has authored numerous articles. His books include Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Reality (2013), The Resurrection Fact (2016) and the forthcoming Condemning the Christ. Married for 25 years to Melinda Vidal of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. They have four children and a love for Europe, the Pacific Northwest, skiing, horses, and camping.
Ancient Teachings in a Modern World
JUSTUS AUTEM EX FIDE VIVIT – THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
“For we maintain that man is justified by faith, apart from works of the law.” (Romans 3:28 NASB)