What Do Lutheran's Believe?
All that we believe, teach, and confess must faithfully be taken from the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are God’s divinely inspired word, without error, that is able to make us wise unto salvation.
We believe that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is three persons in one God, not three gods and not one person, but Triune.
We believe that God loves us and is very merciful, but He is also a just God. He has looked down upon His creation with great love and tender mercy, sending His only Son Jesus Christ into this world to take on human flesh. This Jesus Christ who is truly God and truly man gave His life upon the cross so that our sins may be forgiven.
Jesus took the burden of our sin upon Himself at the cross enduring our punishment. His love is so great for us that He gives us His perfect righteousness. By virtue of the cross, God declares that our sins are forgiven and we are righteous and welcome in His sight.
Through Christ’s death and resurrection our relationship with God is restored. God is once more our Father and through His mercy we are His children.
We believe that God sends His Holy Spirit to announce to us the Good News that is: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit comes to us through God’s Word and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Communion.
We do not believe that we come to God of our own efforts, strength, desire, or decision. But rather God decides that He loves us, that He wants to be our Father and we His children. So He sends His Spirit to us to convey the riches of Christ’s gift of forgiveness so that we may be restored to God. We believe we are saved through faith through Jesus Christ’s action upon the cross. But faith itself is God’s gift to us created by the Holy Spirit through the means of grace: God’s Word, Baptism, and Communion.
We believe that Christ has come to free us from the bondage to sin. Christ’s death and resurrection forgives our sins and enable us to have a new life. God not only has restored our life with Him through the cross of Christ, but is working to restore our relationships with others so that our relationship with Him and others will be one of love. God gives us a new life in which we can care for one another.