What do Lutherans Believe?
We teach and respond to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to endure the punishment (suffering and death) for the sins of all people and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith in us. We believe God reveals Himself to us through the Bible (His Word), Baptism, and Holy Communion. The three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being “Lutheran,” we accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
The Bible is God’s Word, true and without error. In the Bible God reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole basis for Christian beliefs.