What Is A Lutheran?
Founded by Martin Luther in 1517, the Lutheran Church teaches that a person is saved only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works. Our congregation accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther, who inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther can be summarized in these short phrases:
Christ alone. Grace alone. Scripture alone. Faith alone.
What Do We Believe?
We Believe the Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.
We believe there is only one true God, the Father of all mercy, who has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who paid the price for our sins by His sacrifice on the cross, so that we may live with Him forever.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings us to a relationship with God and gives each spiritual gift to be used for the common good. God saves us by His gift of grace.
We Believe that we are all sinners by nature and daily fall short of the Glory of God, separating ourselves from the love of God. We also believe that though we deserve death, God desires to give us life in Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible is the written Word of God, documented by men as they were directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.
We Believe the Bible is true and without error and is the only source of knowledge about God, His forgiveness and His incredible love for you and me.
We believe that in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism it is not simply plain water, but God’s Word in and with the water made holy for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation to all who believe.
We believe that in the Lord’s Supper we receive not only the bread and wine, but also the true body and blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
We believe that Jesus gives this meal for the comfort and strengthening of baptized Christians who repent of their sins, believe in Him and intend to grow in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Jesus’ words, “This is my body, this is my blood,” we believe that Jesus is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is part of the one body formed by the very life, death, and life again of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To learn more about what Lutherans believe
Devotions with Reverend Dan Kistler