What Is A Lutheran?
Lutherans are Christians who believe in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God. We accept this doctrine as taught by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, a 16th Century German teacher, and preacher of God’s word. Luther taught God’s grace is given to all people, through faith, not through their works.
Lutheran Christianity is not a way of thinking, but actually a way of living. We live according to the promises made to us at our Baptism. It is a way of seeing how God is active in our lives through the Cross of Christ and the Sacraments. It is a way of hearing God's living word, and how it breaks into our lives creating new life, new values, and new commitment. It is a way of teaching God’s word in a way that communicates the living event of Christ’s resurrection, and its impact on our lives.
Lutheran Christianity is also a way of following the theology of the Cross, which is meeting God where God chooses to find us — in our sorrow, pain and weakness. It is hearing God’s gracious word manifest in the death of Jesus on the cross. It is following Jesus in his death and resurrection.
(Note: Click on seal on the upper left to read what the symbolism represents, in Martin Luther's own words.)
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."