What We Believe
As Lutheran Christians, we believe…
God is a loving relationship of Three Persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
God made the world.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
God loves the world.
“This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1John 4:10)
Jesus came to save the world.
“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17)
Jesus lived, died on the cross, rose again to life, ascended into heaven, and will come again.
“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations.” (Luke 24:46-47)
Jesus is the source of life now and forever.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
The Holy Spirit is at work to restore this broken world.
“See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
The Church is the community of Christ called to share his good news.
Jesus said again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
The Church is centered in the ministry of Word and Sacrament.
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
We are saved by grace through faith in Christ.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We are saints and sinners.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)
We are called to love God and each other.
Jesus answered, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Our Faith is also expressed in the ancient words of the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
For more information on the Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, please visit www.elca.org/Faith.