Lutherans are first and foremost, Christians. As Christians, we believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross to save the world from sin, and who rose from the dead as the first sign of the new life that is ours through Him. We believe that God has been revealed as one God, but as three persons, who the Bible identifies as the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.
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Lutheran Christians put a strong emphasis on the grace of God. We build our theology upon God's action for us through Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection to life again on the third day. This has made it possible for human beings to have forgiveness for their sin and a relationship with God now and forever.
This gracious gift of salvation is received by each of us through faith of Jesus as our Savior. This faith is inspired by our experience of this good news (or Gospel) through the hearing of God's Word (written in the Bible, which we understand as the authoritative source and norm of our faith and life) and the experience of the Sacraments (we recognize two – Holy Baptism and Holy Communion). It is in our worship of God that we have the best opportunity to experience the ministry of this Word and the Sacraments.
While we have a strong emphasis on faith, we believe that Christians are called to live out that faith in service to those who are in need in the world.