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Who are Lutherans
What we Believe


We believe that “God so loved the world (that is, sinners like you and me) that he gave his only Son (that is, Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We “confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.”

We believe the Lutheran Church does not think it has a market on the truth of the gospel. Other Christian denominations also teach and believe in the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ as the means of our salvation. We welcome guests from other churches at our altar to receive Holy Communion, as we come together to receive the body and blood of our Lord.

     

History of Lutherans

While we consider ourselves a part of the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church,” established by Jesus Christ and guided by his apostles in the first century, our specific origins as a denomination are traced back to Germany in the 15th century. There was a man named Martin Luther who had a spiritual yearning like other reformers of his generation. 
 
Luther’s concept of God, based on teachings by his parents and the church, was that God was an angry judge determined to punish anyone for any infraction of God’s holy laws. Luther was terrified of Christ and did all he could to please him and earn his favor. He thought that by joining a monastery and becoming a monk, he would lead a holy life and find peace with God. When that attempt failed, Luther became a priest. He himself went to confessions daily, he fasted frequently and he made pilgrimages, even to Rome itself. Nothing availed. 
 
When a university was founded in Wittenberg, Luther, a bright young man, was sent by the church to earn his doctorate in theology and become a professor there. It was during this time that Luther immersed himself in the study of the Bible, especially the New Testament in its original language of Greek. 
 
There Luther discovered that God is a gracious God, and that it is by his grace and our faith that we are saved. Over and over Luther found this good news proclaimed in the scriptures and he said that it was as if the gates of paradise had opened before him. Finally Luther found peace with God.
 
Luther could not keep this discovery to himself. He preached it. He taught it. He wrote about it. He could not contain himself. Unfortunately the church at that time did not share his enthusiasm. It was especially over the church’s practice of selling indulgences that triggered a red-hot debate that led to Luther’s excommunication from the church. 

Read more about Martin Luther here.