What does it mean to be Lutheran?
Biblical Lutherans worship the Triune God, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Below is a very basic list of what Lutheran's believe.
Lutherans believe that man is not an "accident" through evolution, but that God created him in His image for a living relationship with Him. Our first parents rebelled & sinned against God. Now every human being is born with a self-centered nature & a tendency for evil. By himself, man cannot right his fallen nature.
Lutherans believe that God is triune, one God in three persons, the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. God created the universe with all its grandeur and beauty.
About Jesus Christ:
Lutherans believe that Jesus Christ is the God-given solution to man's spiritual dilemma. He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world when He suffered & died on the cross. God graciously offers forgiveness to all. Forgiveness is received through faith in Jesus Christ.
About The Holy Spirit:
Lutherans believe that the Holy Spirit works through the Word & the Sacraments to create & nurture a trusting relationship with Jesus Christ. He gives people a new life of faith in which they strive to love & please God and love his neighbor as himself.
About The Bible:
Lutherans believe that the Holy Scripture is the source of knowledge about God & His forgiveness. The Bible was written by men as inspired by the Holy Spirit & is without error. As God's Word speaks to us today, it should be diligently studied, heard, & accepted.
Lutherans believe that a man is made right with God & eternally saved solely by grace (from Jesus) through faith. No good deeds or good works can merit salvation. It is a free gift of God offered through Christ Jesus to all who trust Him for forgiveness.
About The Sacraments:
Lutherans believe that Christ instituted two Sacraments, Baptism & the Lord's Supper. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, baptism washes away sins & creates faith in the Savior. In the Supper, the Lord's body & blood are given "in, with, & under" the bread wine for the forgiveness of sins & the strengthening of faith.
About The Church:
Lutherans believe that the church is the fellowship of all who believe in Christ as their Savior. The church exists to worship God, to sustain faith in Him, and to share the love of God by word & deed. All Christians should worship their Lord & study His Word regularly.
About Eternal Life:
Lutherans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter morning, and that all who die with faith in Christ will raise on the Last Day to live with God forever.
About The Christian Life:
Lutherans believe that receiving Christ as our Savior, we follow His example. We actively show concern for the spiritual and physical condition of each person, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we strive to minister to the needs of the "whole" person.
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