What We Believe

What do Lutherans believe?

Lutherans are Christians who believe in the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We believe that all human beings are born with a tendency to go our own way rather than follow God’s loving guidance. We call this tendency “sin” and believe all humans do this, despite even our best efforts.

God loves creation deeply. For that reason, Jesus – who is God made flesh – came to earth and willingly died. This loving act bridged the gap between humanity and God forever. Now, nothing can separate us from the love of God – not even death.

We believe that The Bible is the inspired Word of God. We believe it is a living word – that means scripture can still teach us and inform our lives despite being thousands of years old. We use three different ancient writings or creeds to sum up our beliefs: Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian. We also use The Book of Concord (a collection of writings from the Protestant Reformation) as a guide to understand scriptures and our creeds.

Why do you call yourselves “Lutheran”?

The Lutheran Church is named for the German Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). His writings and ideas – particularly on the topic of Grace (forgiveness) as a free gift – were instrumental to the Reformation and still inform our church’s ideas about God. You can get a free copy of Luther’s Small Catechism as an Apple or Android app from Augsburg Fortress to learn the basics about Lutheran belief.