We are Christians who follow the teaching and writing of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546), a theologian and former Augustinian monk and Catholic priest who worked to reform the Roman Catholic Church. As followers of Luther’s teaching, we understand God in a particular way.
Within the things he wrote and preached, we find the central beliefs about what it means to be a Lutheran:
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; and
The Bible is the norm for faith and life – the true standard by which we evaluate all teachings and doctrines.
This simply means our talk about God. It’s how we understand and make sense of what God is up to. It often takes the form of doctrines and creeds, but all of that is meant to help us describe how we experience God in our lives.
What That Means For Us
What that means is that we read the bible looking for how God inspired and acted in the lives of God’s people. Through those stories and examples, we look for how God continues to act in our lives. And because of the gift of grace that God gives us, we act in the world to show that same love, grace, and forgiveness to the people that we see every day.
What That Says About Us – And God
We are all incomplete and broken people on some level. We call that sin. It’s our thoughts, words, and actions that separate us from God and from each other. We hope and trust that God is working right now to bring us back together – to restore us in relationships that are based on respect, justice, and mercy. We gather as the church so that we can be reminded of how God is at work in the world, grow in our own faith, and celebrate again the grace that God gives us.
What That Means For Our Congregation
Because of our belief that we are not somehow ‘holier’ than anyone else, all people are welcome here. Skin colour, ethnic background, level of income, amount of education, sexual orientation, and any other label doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are created in the image of God and you are one of God’s children.
Formal Statements of Belief
Within the Lutheran church, there are three formal statements of belief. They are referred to as creeds and have were developed by the early church to explain just how, exactly, we think about God. You will often hear one of these being recited by the congregation during worship.