Emphasis for the Church

As President Harrison pondered his new role and the task of restructuring the national office, he focused on the work and emphasis for the church.

These phrases — Witness, Mercy, Life Together — illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregations, communities and throughout the world. And in all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused on our mission. This will never change.



“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.”

– 1 John 5:7-8


“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

– Mark 10:45

Life Together

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

– 1 Cor. 1:9


Worship and Study

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together” Bible Study — This five-session study explores the biblical basis of WITNESS, MERCY, LIFE TOGETHER, the threefold emphasis of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Helpful explanations of Greek terms — and references to Bible passages addressing witness, mercy, and life together — are included.

Greek Word Studies — Learn the history and meaning of these Greek words: Martyría, Diakonía, Koinonía

Source: Theological Dictionary of the New Testament by Gerhard Kittel, Gerhard Friedrich and Geoffrey William Bromiley, copyright © 1995, ©1985 Eerdmans Publishing Company, pp. 152, 447 and 564. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Hymn: “God’s Redeemed, Beloved and Holy”



Read regular contributions from officers and executive staff of the LCMS as they tell the stories of their lives, vocations and the work of the Synod through the lens of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.”





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Concordia Publishing House resources

The following resources are available for purchase from Concordia Publishing House.

  • Bible Study Paperback
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  • High Quality Print 2
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  • Poster Pack
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  • Banner
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