What do Lutherans Believe?

Lutherans profess the historic creeds* of the Christian church, which proclaim that God is a Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - the Creator, Saviour and Comforter of all that exists. As a Lutheran, we believe that the Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testament, is in all its words the inspired Word of God and, consequently, true and trustworthy.

In the ten commandments and in other Scripture passages, the Bible shows us that all people live, and are born, as sinners - rebelling against God, His ways, and His commandments. And if not for God's grace and love, all people would endure eternal death as the penalty for their sins. But God so loved the world that He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of every human being. By Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, the world has been redeemed and reconciled to God; and, by Jesus' resurrection from the dead, He proclaimed victory over death and the grave. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, all who believe in Him as their Saviour will also live forever with Him in heaven when their earthly life has ended.

Lutherans especially emphasize that God offers his eternal love to humans as a gift - it is not something that they can earn by what they do. In Christ, God has shown us He accepts us as we are, with our many failings. In believing that alone, we are put right with God. Lutherans sum this up by professing that we are 'justified by grace, through faith'. Such faith empowers people to express love to their neighbours freely - not in an effort to win God's salvation, but in praise of the God who loves us unconditionally and eternally.

* an example of an historic creed is " The Apostles' Creed"