Our mission is a simple one.
As commanded by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)
Through God’s Word we have been given a firm foundation for our Christian faith. Therefore, we are willing to tell others of the Good News of our heavenly Father, who sent His own Son to redeem a world that had separated itself from Him.
What Lutherans Confess
Martin Luther wished people would not be called Lutherans. But his enemies persisted and so we 80 million Lutherans today are so identified. We really don’t mind. Just as a rose by any other name is a rose so a Lutheran by any other name is a Lutheran. Here is why:
We Lutherans Believe, Teach and Confess:
– that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet one God.
– that God is the Creator of all things, Preserver and Sovereign.
– that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word to call people to Jesus Christ and to correction in righteousness.
– that the Spirit of God stirs people to believe in God.
Thus, We Lutherans Believe, Teach and Confess:
– that ALL people are by nature sinful and therefore “beggars before God”. That no one can make themselves right with God by better behavior because no human behavior is ever perfect in thought, word and/or deed.
– that God by grace, in mercy and moved by His perfect love created a plan to save us, His separated creatures.
– that ALL who repent and believe that Jesus Christ by His perfect life, His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead restored us completely to God’s good favor and we are now God’s people.
– that the lines of this one and only true Church cannot be drawn clearly because “the just shall live by faith”, and only God knows an individual’s faith. As to Faith really working, We Lutherans Believe, Teach and Confess:
– that Faith permeates the whole person and is therefore active in love toward others especially the poor, the needy and their neighbors.
– that Faith delights in God’s Ten Commandments as a way of life.
– that Faith has the built-in urge to multiply itself. – that Faith accepts government as God’s ordained representative and that obedience and taxes are God pleasing and vital to civility, but that none of these may encroach on obedience to God.
Finally, We Lutherans Believe, Teach and Confess:
– that the world will come to an end.
– that Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead and that those who did not believe in Jesus Christ for whatever reasons will perish in hell eternally.
– that those who did believe will live “life after life” forever with God in heaven.