What do Lutheran’s Believe?
The Lutheran Church is the largest Protestant church in the world.
- Lutherans believe in one true God. Lutherans share the belief of all other Christians that the one true God has made himself known as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Lutherans believe that God loves every human being, even though none of us deserve his love.
- Lutherans believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour and was sent to earth to die for the sins of all as we are unable to save ourselves.
- Lutherans believe God’s forgiveness is a free gift. Sin is more than a specific act or a string of bad decisions, it is a break in relationship with God, separation from God. Because of sin’s power over us, we are unable to save ourselves. God has forgiven all sins of all people because of Jesus. God offers his forgiveness to everyone as a free gift. We don’t have to earn God’s forgiveness or pay for it. It is ours when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour.
- God offers us his forgiveness in the good news about Jesus, and in baptism and holy communion.
“This is love; not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
(1 John 4: 10)
- Lutherans believe what the Bible says.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the authority that decides what they are to believe and how they should live. The Scriptures have been inspired by the Holy Spirit and lead us to an experience of the living Word of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. Lutherans believe that the good news about Jesus is the key to the whole Bible.
(Information based on the brochure “Introducing the Lutheran Church” (Openbook Publishers))