We believe in one God, who we name as a Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We confess our faith using the same creeds as other Christians around the world: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. In these creeds we confess that we believe God the Father is the creator of all that exists. God the Son has existed with the Father from eternity, but entered into human history in the man Jesus Christ. Jesus was the special revelation of God to us, and his teaching is the basis of our faith. He died by crucifixion under the Romans, but God raised him from the dead after three days. Because of his death and resurrection, we are saved from sin and death and have the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and the Spirit is God’s presence with us at all times and in all places. The Spirit calls us into faith, enlightens us in understanding, and keeps us united in faith with other Christians.
We believe our salvation comes from God’s grace alone, a free gift, which we do not earn by good works or anything we do. Faith is created in us by the Holy Spirit, and this is how we receive God’s grace. We learn about God, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit through the witness of the faithful and most specifically through the Holy Scriptures which we call the Bible.
We have two sacraments in the church, which are physical signs of God’s love, care and forgiveness. The first is Baptism in water, by which people receive the promises of forgiveness and the resurrection to eternal life. The second is Holy Communion, by which baptized Christians are renewed in the baptismal promise of forgiveness and sustained by Christ’s presence in bread and wine, as well as being united with other Christians around this holy meal.
As Lutherans, our core beliefs are recorded in the Augsburg Confession, a statement of beliefs written out by church reformers in 1530. These 28 articles spell out Lutheran beliefs in greater detail.