What Do Lutherans Believe?

In unity with fellow believers

As Lutherans, we believe in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We confess God as Father and creator of the universe and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

We believe that the Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. We celebrate the fact that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, human beings can be reconciled to God.

Lutherans also believe that Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps the whole Christian church on earth. We call it the “Catholic” church, but in this sense the word “Catholic” is defined as “all embracing.”

Lutherans believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors. The Scriptures record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of the church’s proclamation, faith, and life.

Lutherans believe that all human beings are born in sin and cannot live the life God intends for us on our own. We believe that we are justified only by grace through faith on account of Christ.

Lutherans understand that God comes to us through the Means of Grace, the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion. Through them, God helps us understand and receive the benefits of a relationship with Him. God graciously speaks to us through the Law to tell us what we need to do; and through the Gospel to tell us what He has done for us.

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