Christianity is unique among all other faiths, because it is about a relationship rather than religious practice. Rather than living according to a list of "dos and don'ts," the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God. That relationship is possible because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.
Christians believe in one God that exists in three persons, Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.
Portrait of Jesus as he was likely to have looked based on medical, archaeological, geographical and artistic evidence from the time of Jesus.
Christians believe that everyone was created specifically to have a relationship with God, but that sin separates us from God. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ walked this earth, fully God, and yet fully human, and died on the cross. Christians believe that after his death on the cross, Christ was buried, rose again and now lives with God the Father, making intercession for the believers forever. Christianity proclaims that Jesus' death on the cross was sufficient to restore the broken relationship between God and humanity caused by sin.
To be saved, we must simply believe that Jesus died in our place and rose again. There is nothing that anyone can do to earn salvation. Nobody can be "good enough" to please God on his or her own.
Lutherans accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reform of the Christian church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone...
Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther's theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:
We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do.
Our salvation is through faith alone — a confident trust in God, who promises us forgiveness, life and salvation.
Everything Lutherans believe comes from the Bible, God’s message of love and hope for all people. The Bible is the written Word of God, handed down to us in order to point us to the truth that we are saved from our sin and eternal death by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Bible we learn everything we need to know about God’s love and gifts to us.