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What Lutherans Believe

Lutheran ChurchLutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483–1546) based on Holy Scripture. Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

What started as an academic debate escalated into a distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who accepted Luther’s suggested reforms. "Lutheran" became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.

Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life -- the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

We invite you to learn more about the rich history of the Lutheran Church and our Statement of Beliefs.

The Apostles’ Creed…

What we believe as confessed in the Apostles’ Creed…

APOSTLES’ CREED      Bible References
   
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Matthew 1:21-23
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit Luke 1:35
born of the virgin Mary Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23
suffered under Pontius Pilate, John 19:1-3
was crucified, died, and was buried. Mark 15:25, John 19:30, Mark 15:46
He descended into hell. 1 Peter 3:18-19
The third day He rose again from the dead. Acts 1:3
He ascended into heaven Luke 24:50-51
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. Ephesians 1:20-23
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. Luke 21:27
I believe in the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:3
The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, Ephesians 4:3-6, Romans 12:4-5
the forgiveness of sins, Acts 10:43
the resurrection of the body, Job 19:25-27
and the life everlasting. Amen. John 3:16

 

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