What is a Lutheran?

Lutherans, along with other Christians, believe in a Triune God. We believe that the Father created all things. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, became human and died for the sins of all human beings and then rose on Easter to give us victory over death and Satan. We believe that the Holy Spirit creates a faith relationship with us through God’s word in the Bible and the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism. These three persons of the Trinity are equal and eternal and are one God. 

Lutherans believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and have a set of confessions written by Martin Luther and others that help define our view of what the Bible teaches. In short we believe three things. 1) We believe that we are saved by grace alone. God loves all the people of the world and sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins that we might be saved. We do not earn salvation, but it is freely given based on the sacrifice of Jesus. 2) We believe in faith alone. By Jesus suffering and death, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life. Those who hear the gospel message and believe it have the eternal life that Jesus offers. The Holy Spirit creates this faith and brings salvation and a different life style to God’s people. 3) We believe in the scripture alone. The bible is God’s inerrant word where He reveals His love for us and gives us the guidance that we need in life. Nothing else is needed to know the truth about God or His ways.