What Lutherans Believe

What Lutherans Believe & Teach

 The Bible, which points to Jesus as the Savior, is the inspired and errorless Word of God. It is God’s 
message of love and hope for all people. 
  • There is only one true God, who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Adam and Eve, our first parents, were originally created by God pure and holy. They lived according to God’s will, doing what was pleasing to Him.
  • Adam and Eve, the man and woman God created in the beginning, went against God’s will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have been conceived and born in sin.
  • Sin is living out of relationship with God, not living according to God’s will, and thus transgressing His 
holy will in thought, word and deed.
  • People cannot save themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God.
  • God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God’s law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life. He ascended into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. 
  • Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, God declares a person just or righteous and forgiven. This happens not 
because of human effort, but because the justification won by Jesus is applied to the one who believes in Jesus as Savior.
  • Faith in Jesus is a gift of God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit; thus all the glory belongs to God.
  • The means of grace are the Word, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. By these means, the merits of 
Jesus’ perfect life and atoning death are personally conveyed to all who believe in Jesus as their Savior.
  • The true Christian church is made up of all believers of all times who believe in the Triune God and in Jesus Christ as their only Savior.
  • Jesus will come again to take all believers to Himself. On that final day, all the dead will be raised. Those who are still alive will be bodily transformed. After this, the final judgment will take place. Unbelievers will go into eternal damnation, and believers into eternal life.
  • God wants Christians to join with other believers in churches which correctly teach God’s Word and 
administer Holy Baptism and Holly Communion according to the teachings of Scripture.
  • Christians are called to tell others that the only way of salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ, and to show their faith by their deeds of love toward others. 
  • Life is a gift from God and therefore Christians oppose abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
  • Marriage is for one man and one woman.
  • Sexual intimacy is designed by God for marriage and therefore Christians oppose adultery, cohabitation and 
pre-marital sex.
  • God created the world and all that exists in six (24 hour) days and therefore Christians oppose evolution as an explanation for the beginning of life.
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