You may be asking yourself who exactly are Lutherans?
Lutherans are Christians who believe the Bible to be the infallible and inerrant Word of God. We believe that man is justified as a free gift through the salvific work of Jesus on the cross apart from his or her own good works.
Lutherans believe in the concept of four “solas”, this is a word that simply means one or alone. The first of these is sola fide. What that means is that we are saved by faith alone. Next is sola gratia, which means that we are saved by grace alone. The third sola is sola scriptura, which means that we are saved through Scripture alone. The fourth and final of the solas is solus Christus. This means that we are saved through Christ alone. None of these are to be viewed exclusive from the others. In fact as Lutherans we combine these sentences to form one sentence to explain how we believe that mankind is saved. We believe as Lutherans that Scripture alone teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone. Because of this we believe that the Bible is the sole rule and norm for faith and life, and our doctrinal statements must be and are tested by the clear truth of God’s Word and God’s Word alone.
We believe that God delivers His grace to you and I through means that we call sacraments. As Lutherans we believe that there are 2 sacraments, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. In each of these sacraments God comes to us and forgives us our sins for the sake of Jesus Christ.
In Holy Baptism God calls each of us by name and makes us members of His family giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of our sins. Through Holy Communion we believe that the Lord Jesus gives His physical body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins. Both of these sacraments are commanded by our Lord in the Bible, and He has attached the sure and certain promise of the forgiveness of sins to both of them. For more information about the sacraments and other beliefs please visit www.lcms.org/about/beliefs/faqs/doctrine.