What We Believe

    First, Lutherans are Christians.  We believe in the God who has revealed himself to Israel and as he has revealed himself in Christ.  We believe in Jesus as the Christ; the Messiah; God’s own appointed leader for the world and for us.  We believe of course, that he was a real historical figure who was tragically put to death by the Romans in the first century after a ministry filled with healings, hopeful teachings about God’s Kingdom and preaching that opened up people to the reality of God.  More than that we believe that He is God’s Son—that to listen to Him is to listen to God.  We believe that he was raised from the dead and after forty days returned into heaven to God’s right hand.  That means that He is God’s “prime minister,” and that to approach him in faith is to approach God in faith.  We believe that the death of Jesus has put us right with God—covering up sin and dealing with the old problem of death forever. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who was poured out on all believers on the Pentecost festival after Jesus’ resurrection.  We believe it is the Holy Spirit who helps Christians to believe and practice all that they profess.  We consider ourselves to be part of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.”

 

    Second, we believe that Worship is central.  We gather to hear God’s Word in Scripture and Sermon.  We experience his love in the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.  We believe that you will find the Church of Jesus Christ among those who do gather around the Word and the Sacraments.

 

    Third, we believe our gatherings of worship help us to continue to “present our bodies as living sacrifices, which is our true spiritual worship.”  We are “a priesthood of believers” who seek to live out our ministries in daily life, for the sake of our neighbors.  God’s Spirit has empowered and equipped all of us with “spiritual gifts” to make that possible.  Each of us is responsible for being a good steward (or manager) of all that God has given to us. 

 

    Fourth, we do tend to follow the insights of Dr. Martin Luther, who was excluded from the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation.  We still use his Small Catechism, a marvelously simple statement of the Christian faith in the instruction of our children and adults.  We want to share his particular insights with all other people, both those who are already Christians and those who are not as yet.