Learn about us by knowing what we believe in.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
"Sharing Christ's love through discipling, gathering, serving, and worshiping."
"We are called to be an intentional, caring-sharing community of seekers and believers, whereby all children of God can grow as learners and teachers in their faith and gifts through unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness."
We value the Word of God as His authority. We uphold the biblical truth as rooted in the scriptures. Psalm 119:9,11,16,105,133; Matthew 4:4; John 1:1; John 5:24; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Hebrew 4:12; James 1:18-23
We value Christ-centered communities. Our faith is expressed through a Four Community framework: Worshiping, Gathering, Discipling, and Serving Communities. Genesis 28:3; Colossians 3:12-17; Numbers 16:3, Jeremiah 30: 20
We value being compassionate to others. We seek to live with a servant's-heart following Christ's example, both locally and globally. Psalms 103:8; Mark 12:28-34; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:3-6
We value worship and music. As people of God, we express our faith through worshiping in a variety of forms, emphasizing Word and Sacrament as a confessional church. Psalm 108:1-3; Romans 12:1-2
We value being learners. As a Christ-centered community, we believe that it is our task to nurture, equip, and develop – disciples for Christ through a learning and worshiping environment. Colossians 2:6-7; II Timothy 3:14-17
We value the gifts of others. We seek to identify and nurture one another's spiritual gifts, equipping them for ministry. I Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:4-8: I Corinthians 8 & 9
We value excellence. We believe that God deserves our very best; nothing more, nothing less; and nothing else. I Corinthians 14:12; Philippians 4:4-9
We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him.
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 in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself.
The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.
We accept the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.
We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.
We believe, teach, and confess 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 priesthood of all believers for God's mission in the world.
Martin Luther is known as the Father of Protestantism. He had studied to become a lawyer before becoming an Augustinian monk in 1505 and was ordained a priest in 1507. While continuing his studies in pursuit of a Doctor of Theology degree, he discovered significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the theology and practices of the Roman Church. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the church door at Wittenberg University to debate 95 theological issues. Luther's hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching in order to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.
What started as an academic debate escalated to a religious war, fueled by fiery temperaments and violent language on both sides. As a result, there was not a reformation of the Church but a separation. "Lutheran" was a name applied to Luther and his followers as an insult but adopted as a badge of honor by them instead.
Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of theology and practice espoused by Luther, such as:
We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do
Our salvation is through faith alone — we only need to believe that our sins are forgiven for Christ's sake, who died to redeem us
The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life — the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.
We strive to live these principles out in everything we do; we worship to give thanks to God for the grace shown in Jesus Christ our Lord; we come together to study the Bible and learn how we can respond to that grace in our daily lives; and we go out in service to the world, shining with the light of Christ.
So you too might be a Lutheran if you love the Lord and want to grow in your service in His name. To find out more about Lutherans and Lutheran beliefs, visit the LCMC Website.