Lutherans are followers of Jesus Christ who identify with the teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th century monk turned reformer. Luther desired to bring the church back to the message of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. This is outlined in his 95 theses which he nailed to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church on Oct 31st, 1517 which kicked off the protestant reformation. These teachings are summarized in the confessional statement of the Lutheran Church, The Book of Concord but boil down to five basic statements.
1. The Bible alone is our highest authority or Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”)
2. We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ or Sola Fide (“faith alone”)
3. We are saved by the grace of God alone or Sola Gratia (“grace alone”)
4. Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King or Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)
5. We live for the glory of God alone or Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)
For Lutherans, the Bible is the defining revelation of how humanity was intended to know and be known by God. And yet, due to the presence of sin, there has been a break between humanity and our creator. Jesus Christ as both God and man, paid the penalty for humanities sin in a way we could not.
We believe we are called to love and serve those around us as Christ loved us and that we are being invited to participate in God’s work here on earth as we learn who God is and how God’s love for all creation changes everything.