Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you worship Martin Luther?

No. Lutherans confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. Martin Luther was an Augustinian Monk who became known as the Father of Protestantism. His challenge of 95 theological issues in 1517, intended to spark debate to reform the church, eventually led to a separation instead. The term "Lutheran" was the name applied to Luther and his followers. Although intended as an insult, it quickly became a badge of honor.

Q. Why a Lutheran Church?

Lutherans still hold to the basic principles of theology and practice espoused by Luther, such as Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura:

 

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do;

  • Our salvation is through faith alone -- we only need to believe that our sins are forgiven for Christ's sake, who died to redeem us;

  • The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life -- the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

 

Luther's Small Catechism, which contains teachings on the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution, Holy Communion and Morning and Evening Prayers, is still used to introduce people to the Lutheran faith, as is the Augsburg Confession.

Q. How do Lutherans look upon the Bible?

To borrow a phrase from Luther, the Bible is "the manger in which the Word of God is laid." Written and transcribed by many authors over a period of many centuries, the Bible bears remarkable testimony to the mighty acts of God in the lives of people and nations. In the Old Testament is found the vivid account of God's covenant relationship to Israel. In the New Testament is found the story of God's new covenant with all of creation in Jesus.

Q. What do Lutherans believe about Creation?

Lutherans believe that God is Creator of the universe.  Its dimensions of space and time are not something God made once and then left alone.  God is, rather, continually creating, calling into being each moment of each day.

Q. How does someone become a Christian?

Jesus said, "Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."  

(John 11:25-26)

 

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