Lutherans are sinners who fall short of God’s Expectations, and yet, are forgiven.
They believe that it is God’s love in Jesus Christ that forgives them, not their own actions. Lutherans call this “justification by grace through faith”.
Lutherans are Evangelical and as forgiven people reach out to share the message of God’s grace.
As sinners, Lutherans sometimes get caught up in themselves like other people, but they try to look beyond themselves to bring the gospel to people of other faiths and those who have no faith. They welcome others to worship and work with them.
Lutherans are worshipers that recognize worship not as a pastor’s performance, but as a people’s service.
Lutherans sing in worship using songs and prayers from many Christian traditions. Lutherans place special emphasis on the Word of God. They gather to hear the Word read and listen as the Holy Spirit enables God to speak the divine word through humans.
Lutherans are sacramental.
Baptism and Holy Communion are central to worship as a means that God’s love is made visible.
Lutherans believe God speaks to people through the Scriptures.
Lutherans revere personal Bible reading in addition to personal prayer. Personal devotions are encouraged.
Lutherans are stewards and recognize that everything that is, was and will be is a gift on loan from God the Creator.
In response to God gifting, Lutherans use life as an opportunity to learn how to give return on God’s investment in them.
Lutherans believe that they are to make faith active in love.
Through organized groups and individual action Lutherans are part of public life. They want to work for justice, be involved in acts of mercy and healing, and reflect Christ’s love in caring for those in need.
Lutherans are ecumenical.
They want the church united as Christ prayed it would be. Lutherans work and worship with Christians of all denominations.
Lutherans are congregational.
However, Lutherans do not limit their activities to local or regional arenas. Lutheran congregations are connected by regional synods and national church bodies, like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which has over 5 million members. Lay and ordained persons in the church make up what Luther called “the priesthood of all believers”. Lay people, in teamwork with pastors, take responsibility to see that Christ is made known among them and in their community.
What is a New Life Lutheran?
New Life Lutherans further define our beliefs in 2 ways:
Our Mission Statement
Experience New Life in Jesus Christ and Celebrate it with the World
Our Core Values
- All that we do will be clearly centered in Jesus Christ
- We will use prayer and scripture as keys to growing deeper in faith and making wise decisions
- We will actively welcome and invite all people to join with us in celebrating our faith
- Our Ministry will always seek to provide care and compassion to the community and world around us