Lutheran Church Doctrine

There is only one true God. He is the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God is the creator of all that exists. He not only made all things, He owns all, and continues to sustain and provide for all living creatures. Genesis 1,2; Isaiah 40:25; Hebrews 1:3

Humanity is the crown of God’s creation. God made humans to have a capacity to know and fellowship with Him. Originally people were pure, innocent, holy and righteous, living according to the perfect will of God and intimately knowing Him. Genesis 1:26,27

Adam and Eve turned against God and brought sin into the world. Since then, all people are born sinners and cannot save themselves. Sin is an attitude of selfish disobedience against God and manifests itself in individual thoughts, words and deeds of wrong. Genesis 3; Psalm 51:5; Psalm 130:3,4; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23

The presence of sin did not change God’s love for humanity. To save humanity from the guilt, the power and the punishment of sin, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ into the world. Jesus is true God as well as true man. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and then died on the cross. Jesus died to suffer in our stead the punishment of all the sins of all people. John 3:16, 17

Jesus bodily rose from the dead in complete victory over the power of sin and evil so that we might have eternal life. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again at the end of time to judge the living and the dead. He will take believers with him to heaven and the unbelievers will be separated forever from him. John 14:6; John 11:25, 26

The Holy Spirit is truly God. He reveals and brings to us everything that Jesus accomplished in his life, death and resurrection. He makes it possible for us to believe, obey and love. He fills us with joy and the fruit of his ongoing presence within. The Holy Spirit fills the believer with the presence, the power and the gifts of God. 2 Cor. 3:18

The Holy Spirit calls people into a faith relationship with the Triune God. He gathers them together into the supernatural community called the Church. The true Christian church is made up of all true believers in Christ in every place and time. Christians gather for worship and mutual edification in the local church. The church seeks to obey and follow Christ and diligently search out and teach only the truth of the Scriptures. Hebrews 10:25

The church has also been given the means of grace, the Word and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that the sacraments are more than symbols and reminders of God’s love, but that they offer and deliver spiritual blessings to those who partake of them in faith. Lutherans accept all modes of Christian baptism as correct when water is applied in the name of the Triune God. People of all ages can receive the benefits God has placed into baptism. Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 11:23-27