What's a lutheran?

As Lutherans, we are inspired by Martin Luther's teachings, including the following beliefs:

  • The human condition is never truly free of sin.
  • God's Grace - Faith that Christ is our Savior and died so that we may be free from the penalty of our sins.
  • Free gift of grace by faith - we are justified by faith alone, and faith itself is a gift.
  • You cannot earn salvation through good works, but good works are a response to God's gracious gift of Jesus.

Large & Small Catechisms

A more comprehensive collection of Lutheran beliefs is in the Large Catechism, and the Small Catechism. Both were built on five points:

  • The 10 commandments as a mirror of sin
  • The Apostles' Creed as a proclamation of forgiveness
  • The Lord's Prayer as an acceptance of mercy
  • The sacrament of baptism as a channel of grace
  • The sacrament of the Lord's Supper as a channel of grace

We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Click on the image to the left for more information about our affiliation.

Confession of Faith

This congregation confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word of creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centered in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.

This congregation accepts the Apostles’, Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this congregation.

This congregation accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

This congregation accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

This congregation confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.