Saved by God's grace, we are called to be instruments of God's peace.
We share the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We're a Confessional church, with roots growing out of the 16th century Reformation. Lutherans hold to the basic principles of theology and practice espoused by Martin Luther:
-We are saved by the grace of God alone – not by anything we do
-Our salvation is through faith alone – we only need to believe that our sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who died to redeem us
-The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life – the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged
Who is Jesus Christ
Jesus is God’s son, sent by God to become human like us. In his life and being he broke through the prison of sinfulness and thus restored the relationship of love and trust that God intended to exist between himself and his children. Though he is eternal, with God at the beginning of time, he was born on earth of a virgin, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was at once truly God and truly human.
Martin Luther (b. November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany; d. February 18, 1546, in Eisleben) is known as the Father of Protestantism. He had studied to become a lawyer before becoming an Augustinian monk in 1505, and was ordained a priest in 1507. While continuing his studies in pursuit of a Doctor of Theology degree, he discovered significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the theology and practices of the church. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the church door at Wittenberg University to debate 95 theological issues. Luther’s hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.
What started as an academic debate escalated to a religious war, fueled by fiery temperaments and violent language on both sides. As a result, there was not a reformation of the church but a separation. “Lutheran” was a name applied to Luther and his followers as an insult but adopted as a badge of honor by them instead.