What We Believe and Practice
We are Biblical
The Bible reveals God to the world “Despite the diversity of viewpoints and the complexity of the many narratives contained in the Scriptures, Lutheran Christians believe that the story of God’s steadfast love and mercy in Jesus is the heart and center of what the Scriptures have to say.”
Simply stated, the Scriptures tell about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures to present Jesus to all who listen to or read them. That is why Lutheran Christians say that the Scriptures are the “source and norm” of their teaching and practice. As the Gospel writer John wrote, “these things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
We are Trinitarian
We believe in One God revealed through the Father, Jesus & Holy Spirit. Our belief is expressed through the Creeds of the Church: the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds
We are Sacramental
We follow the commands of Jesus to make disciples through Baptism and to remember the gift of his Real Presence in Communion (a.k.a Lord’s Supper, Eucharist). By these means of grace, God provides forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation.
We are Liturgical
Our worship is interactive following a Biblical pattern where we GATHER, HEAR and respond to God’s promises and commands, RECEIVE the Sacraments, and are SENT into the world to serve, forgive, and be vessels God’s compassion and mercy, The Church Year is guided by the life of Jesus (reflected by the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost).
We are Disciples
As followers of Jesus, the journey of faith is life-long and that the First Story of Faith (The Bible) is authoritative for our daily individual and communal living. Central teachings are: The Bible (Old and New Testaments), The Ten Commandments, Baptism, Communion, The Lord”s Prayer, Apostles’ Creed. As disciples, what we learn shapes our attitudes and actions in our daily living and service in the world.
We are Sola in our beliefs –
Lutherans believe that salvation was made possible 100% by the work of Jesus Christ. This gives rise to the Lutheran phrase “Christ alone!”.
Lutherans believe that we are saved by God’s mercy and forgiveness and not by works of righteousness to atone for our past or even by a personal action of deciding to follow Jesus. Rather, the work is entirely God’s. This gives rise to the Lutheran phrase of “Grace alone!”.
Lutherans do believe that trust in Jesus is necessary for salvation. However, we understand that such trust is the work of God the Holy Spirit working through the Scriptures and the Sacraments to create such faith. We understand that simple trust in the promises of God in Jesus Christ are sufficient to secure an individual’s salvation. This gives rise to the Lutheran phrase of “Faith Alone!”
Lutherans take their beliefs from the Holy Scriptures. Lutherans of the ELCA continue to believe the Bible to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God that shapes faith and life. This give rise to the Lutheran phrase of “Scripture Alone!”