What Is A Lutheran?
The Lutheran Church accepts and follows the 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 these short phrases:
Grace alone. Faith alone. Scripture alone. Christ alone.
We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.
We believe there is only one true God, the Father of all mercy, who has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who paid the price for our sins by His sacrifice on the cross, so that we may live with Him forever.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings us into a relationship with God and gives each spiritual gift to be used for the common good. God saves us by His gift of grace.
We believe that we are all sinners by nature and daily fall short of the Glory of God, separating ourselves from the love of God. We also believe that though we deserve death, God desires to give us life in Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible is the written Word of God, documented by men as they were directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Bible is true and without error and is the only source of knowledge about God, His forgiveness, and His incredible love for you and me.
We believe that in the sacrament of holy baptism, it is not simply plain water but God’s Word in and with the water made holy for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation for all who believe.
We believe that in the Lord’s Supper, we receive not only the bread and wine but also the true body and blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
We believe that Jesus gives this meal for the comfort and strengthening of baptized Christians who repent of their sins, believe in Him, and intend to grow in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Jesus’ words, “This is my body, this is my blood,” we believe that Jesus is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper.