Lutherans believe:

  • In the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • The Bible, is as Martin Luther described, “The manger in which the Word of God is laid.” While Lutherans recognize differences in the way the Bible should be studied and interpreted, it is accepted as the primary and authoritative witness to the church’s faith.
  • We cannot in any way earn, or deserve salvation through our own efforts or merits, but rather the grace of God in Christ is so complete that this grace alone transforms our hearts to possess faith.
  • The Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are a means of God’s grace for us through which we receive new life.
  • The Good News proclaimed in the spoken Word shatters our brokenness and harmonizes Christ and his people into a gift of oneness.
  • By virtue of Baptism we enter into the priesthood of all believers in which our decision making within the Church is participatory and inclusive.

 

For more about what Lutherans believe, see http://www.elca.org/en/Faith