What Lutherans Believe


  1. Lutherans accept the teachings of Martin Luther, a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic Church at that time.  On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of the Wittenberg University, titled "95 Theses," hoping the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Bible. 

  2. Lutherans believe in one Triune God – God the Father, the Creator; Jesus Christ, the Savior; and the Holy Spirit (God’s presence in the church today), the Redeemer.  

  3. Lutherans believe in the priesthood of all believers.  We all share in ministry and have the responsibility to teach and pray for one another, and to live godly lives among our families, in our jobs, and in our communities. 

  4. The Lutheran Church believes in grace alone, faith alone, and Word alone.  We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do. Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation. The Bible is the inspired Word of God - the norm for our faith and life.  

For more detailed information on what Lutherans believe, please see our Confession of Faith from our constitution.

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