What We Believe

Lutheranism is the historic, Christian faith of the Reformation. It is named after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther who on October 31, 1517, historically nailed the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The primary goal was the reclamation of the Word of God and the proclamation of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

A Family Tradition since 1517!

Lutheranism Basics
We are a Confessional faith because we still adhere to the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530 that was presented to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg. We hold to this because it upholds the Word of God and defines how our beliefs are in line with the historic faith as laid out for us within Scripture. The Bible is of high importance for our faith.
We maintain the Book of Concord of 1580 is a full collection of our teachings that, as a faith, we upheld to hold harmony among the Evangelical Church that was formed by the Reformers alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther.
Our traditions are historic in that they are older than the body of what would become the Lutheran Church. They are biblically grounded and point to the salvation we receive in Christ and through him alone.
We are the faith of the Solas (meaning alone)
  • Sola Scriptura - Word Alone
  • Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
  • Sola Fide - Faith Alone
  • Solus Christus - Christ Alone
  • Soli Deo Gloria - To the Glory of God Alone

We uphold the historic Creeds, the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian, as true symbols of the faith.

In the Lutheran faith, we have two Sacraments - Baptism and the Lord's Supper - in which we receive gifts and promise that our Lord has given us in that he has forgiven us of our sins and has adopted us as his sons and daughters. We still believe in the benefits of the Confession of Sins, both Private and Corporate, as it points to the two Sacraments and the promises given in Baptism that we carry with us as well as the promises given to us as we are given them at the Altar when we receive our Lord's Body and Blood.

We believe the Bible is the true and trustworthy as God's Holy Word and revelation of his love for creation. We are called to read the Bible as it is written from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, what does that mean. When written as a historical narrative, we read it as such. The same is true with poetry, prophecy, dreams, visions, and parables. The Word is our only revelation that is fully trustworthy and is the inspired Word of God written through people chosen by God.

A Heart Captured in the Cross

The reclamation of the Word of God for the people was central to the Reformation and for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, who was the first to translate the Bible into German and through this began the process of creating one standardized German language. As a tradition, we hold to the integrity of the Word of God, reading it plainly or as it was written. Contrary to the rise of modern Epicureanism at the time of the Reformation, Luther held to the historical reading of the Creation account as well as the Flood and all of the historical books of the Bible. In that tradition, we maintain that within our body trusting in the historical account of Genesis including the first eleven chapters.  In it is the first revelation of our Triune God who was present at the first Word and who ensured that the account would be carried on as it happened by inspiring writers including Moses, who met him face to face, to write the historical account as it happened.
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