What is a Lutheran?

What is a Lutheran?

People are looking for a friend. The Lutheran church has that friend -Jesus Christ.  He is our Friend because he came to be our Savior. The central message of the Bible is that sinners (and that includes us all) have a Savior. Jesus Christ is God's own Son, who lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to bring us forgiveness, peace with God, and eternal life in place of guilt, fear, and damnation.

That's the heart of our faith.  In our age of uncertainty and fear, only such faith offers hope and confidence in death as well as in life

Jesus said, "God so loved the world that, he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

 

A Life Worth Living

This faith isn't merely an emotional feeling or an intellectual exercise. Rather, it is a living confidence that daily expresses itself. Lutherans at the best express their faith as giving and sharing people, just like Jesus himself was.

According to the Bible, all believers enjoy a personal life with God in Prayer and devotion. Believers together exercise a shared ministry to one another and their world. We try to do this by being warm and caring, by helping, and by praying for others in need. In a word, Lutherans try to live their faith in love - love for God and love for people.

 

A Gift to Share

God's free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ is a gift to share. That's the reason for Lutheran worship and education. You are welcome to attend Sunday school, Adult Bible Class, or worship services to hear God's message to the world and to learn more of what we are about. Our churches offer Bible instruction and discussion for people of all ages and backgrounds. Lutheran education centers on Christ and his message of salvation. In fact, Lutherans have developed an extensive school system for both children and adults, from early childhood through college just because Christ's message is that important to us.

 

A Heritage to Build Upon

Our Lutheran faith is rooted in the truths of the Bible itself, but the name Lutheran dates back to the 16th century. It comes from a man named Martin Luther, who lived in Germany from 1483 to 1546. Bible-believing Lutherans everywhere still hold to his teachings which come from the Bible.

Luther struggled with the same basic problems that trouble people today. He longed for peace with God, for assurance and certainty. Unable to achieve this by his own works, he found it in the Bible. When Luther discovered the love of God in Jesus Christ, he exclaimed, "I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise.” Those doors are open for all, including you.

Here is the seal representing the Lutheran church ...

A cross on a heart symbolizes that faith alone in Christ saves the sinner;

resting on the center of the white Messianic Rose symbolizing the joy, comfort and peace that faith brings;

standing in a sky-blue field which symbolizes expecially the hope of a future glory;

and surrounded by a gold circle to represent the rich glories of heaven which will last for all eternity.

  

Christ Jesus has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel