What We Believe

Lutherans 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.
  • ...God is good and that He very much loves His creation. We believe that God is gracious and merciful.
  • ...the Holy Scriptures are God's inspired word, without error, that are able to make us wise unto salvation.
  • ...human beings were created well by God. We were created to be in a loving relationship with Him and in a loving relationship with other human beings. But we are all born sinful and separated from God destined to reap the consequences of such separation through the destruction we all experience in life and ultimately through death itself, because of our original parents', Adam and Eve, fall into sin.
  • ...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.

Lutherans confess...

  • ...the faith of the apostolic Christian Church as it is taught in the three Ecumenical (Universal) Creeds; Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian. Namely, that there is only one true God, and yet in this one God there are three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
  • ...that all are conceived and born sinful, standing under God's wrath and are unable to save themselves.
  • ...that God the Son was born of the virgin Mary. This Jesus Christ, who is true God and true man, died on the cross and rose to life again in order to save the world from God's wrath. He ascended into heaven and we now wait for Him to return on the Last Day to judge both the living and the dead.
  • ...that we are saved by God's grace, for Christ's sake, through faith alone.
  • ...that this saving faith comes to us as Gods free gift through the work of the Holy Spirit as Christ's Church proclaims the Gospel and administers the Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper).