What do Lutheran’s believe? What is a Lutheran? Our congregations (nationalism and worldly) accept and preach the Biblically-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. We in no way worship him. We worship God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We hold to what is taught in Grace alone, Faith alone, and Scripture alone.
Grace Alone: We believe God loves all people, even though they are sinful and do not deserve His love. Yet, God sent Jesus, to love the unlovable and save us from sin.
Faith Alone: We believe that those who have faith (trust) in Jesus’ suffering and death for all our sins for He purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for us. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Scripture Alone: We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the only rule and norm for our teachings.
What do we believe about God? I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
We believe … …that there is only one God (Trinity), who has made Himself known as three persons— the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit— who are all equally God, united as God, yet distinct from one another. …God has revealed His truth to us in the inspired, inerrant word (the Holy Bible) and that it alone is the basis of our Christian faith. …God created the first man and woman in His own holy image to experience a never-ending life of joy, but man rebelled against Him, destroying his perfection, and passed on a sinful nature to all of us. …Jesus Christ, God, became fully human, lived perfect life of obedience and service, sacrificed Himself on a cross to pay for the sins of the world, and rose triumphantly from the dead three days! …God gave us the Holy Spirit to give us faith to trust in this free gift. …that God comes to us through His Word, through His gifts of Baptism, and through the Lord's Supper to give grace and forgiveness. …that Baptism is God's gracious act where He works forgiveness of sins and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as God’s promises declare. …that in the Lord’s Supper Jesus Christ give us what he says He give in the bread and wine, that is His own body and blood, for the forgiveness of sins. …that all believers are called into Christ's church to love and serve God, to grow in faith through the grace he offers in Christ’s Word and Sacraments. …that on the last day of human history Jesus will return to raise the dead, to judge all mankind, and to take those who trust in Him as Savior to live with Him in His heavenly kingdom forever.
What is the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod? We are a part of this national organization in the United States. We believe we can accomplish more together then separated so we unite with other churches in common beliefs and teachings to provide a safe place for education, give aid to the distress, care for the unwanted, and food to the poor, etc. Since we believe we can do more together there are many church bodies across the global that we are in fellowship with to work together. Such as Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, China, Japan, India, Philippines, Russia, Germany, France, England, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, and more.
For more information, please contact us or see our Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod website: www.lcms.org