What's It Mean to be Lutheran?
- Written by Redeemer
- Category: Welcome
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all.
We are a church:
- that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you here.
- whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread.
- that believes Jesus is God’s “Yes” to us. Our lives can be a “Yes” to others.
- that believes God is calling us into the world — together.
- that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.
- that is a catalyst, convener and bridge builder.
- that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life.
- that is deeply rooted — and always being made new.
“Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing,” said Martin Luther. We continually strive for a deeper understanding of what the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ means for the world. Doing so puts us right where God wants us to be: in the thick of life.
Our roots are in Scripture, tradition and the Lutheran Confessions, as well as in the vibrant communities and rich histories of our congregations. These roots are an ongoing source of nourishment; they enable us to be a church, guided by the Holy Spirit, that is both resilient and always being reformed.