What We Believe
Lutherans believe in one true God.
Lutherans share the belief of all other Christians that the one true God has made himself known as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Lutherans believe in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity. He is the Word of God in human form, through whom everything was made. Fully divine and fully human, by his life, death, and resurrection God's plan of salvation is accomplished for us and for the whole world. Christ will come again to complete human history and fulfill the eternal plan of God.
Lutherans believe that God loves all people.
Lutherans believe that God loves every human being, even though none of us deserve God’s love. And because God has loved us without reserve, we’re freed to love our neighbors in the same way.
Lutherans believe God's forgiveness is a free gift.
Sin is more than a specific act or a string of bad decisions, it is a break in relationship with God, separation from God. Because of sin's power over us, we are unable to save ourselves. God has forgiven all sins of all people because of Jesus. God offers his forgiveness to everyone as a free gift. We don't have to earn God's forgiveness or pay for it. God offers us his forgiveness in the good news about Jesus, and in baptism and holy communion. "This is love; not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).
Lutherans believe what the Bible says.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have been inspired by the Holy Spirit and lead us to an experience of the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Lutherans believe that the good news about Jesus is the key to the whole Bible, so we read and interpret the Bible looking for what it can tell us about God’s Good News in Jesus.
Lutherans believe that faith is not about following a set of rules.
Faith is about trusting that God has given us a gift, and recognizing that God’s grace frees and empowers us for love and service.