What We Believe

 

Lutheran Christians believe:
 

  • In one God, revealed to the world as Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

  • In the power of sin that separates us from God, from the world, and from one another. In salvation that comes by the grace (free gift) of God through faith in Jesus Christ—completely apart from our good works.

  • In the importance of God’s Word being proclaimed “for us,” a Word of unconditional love that reveals both judgment and mercy for all people.

  • In the sacrament of Baptism, by which God makes us members of God’s family, the one universal Church made up of believers of every time and place.

  • In the sacrament of Holy Communion, through which our sins are forgiven, our faith is nurtured and we are empowered to live faithfully together and serve God in the world

  • In the Bible as the inspired Word of God, the authoritative standard for faithful teachings and for faithful living.

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