What Is a Lutheran 2016-10-21T11:48:44+00:00

What is a Lutheran?

A FAITH FOUNDED ON GOOD NEWS

Today, nearly five centuries after Martin Luther posted a challenge to the theological teachings of the Roman Catholic Church of his day, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone — a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • The Holy Scripture alone is the norm for faith and life — the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Martin Luther

LUTHERANS ALSO EMPHASIZE

WORSHIP — When we worship, when we receive Holy Communion and God’s holy Word, we are strengthened for daily faith and life.
WELCOME — All of God’s diverse children are welcome here.
GROWTH — In response to God’s love, we strive to grow in faith and trust.
SERVICE — We are called to use our resources to care for the needs of others.
MINISTRY OF ALL — In baptism, we are all made ministers of Christ, a calling expressed in daily life.

Christ the King Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is the largest Lutheran group in North America with nearly 10,000 congregations comprised of almost 4 million members.