For Lutherans, the Bible is the source and norm of all doctrine. We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God that tells us about God, our fallen world, and what God has done to redeem us. Our doctrine is formalized in the 1580 Book of Concord. Within the Book of Concord is Luther's Small Catechism, which offers a summary of the chief teachings of the Bible. Our youth memorize parts of the Small Catechism.
All of these documents—the Bible and our Lutheran Confessions—tell us of God's love for us, his creatures. God's world was corrupted by the disobedience of Adam and Eve, and the consequences of their sin have extended to all people, resulting in all the ills of humanity: sickness, sorrow, poverty, hatred, violence, warfare, and finally, death and eternal separation from God.
In the ultimate expression of his love, God the Father sent his Son Jesus to be born a human, endure rejection and suffering in a human life, and die on a cross. By his death Jesus made divine payment for the sins of all people. Three days later he arose from his grave. Victorious over death, Jesus ascended into heaven, where he is preparing a place for us. It is true that our bodies still die. But because of Jesus' death and resurrection we are spared the eternal damnation that awaits the devil and all who refuse to trust in God's grace. We have been delivered from death to life. It is our joy and privilege to know and serve God and his people here and now, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to dwelling with him in heaven forever.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." (John 3:16-18, NIV)
As Lutheran Christians, our desire and aim is to learn and live the Word of God, which is "a lamp for our feet and a light for our path" (Psalm 119:105). To know God's Word and to live by it, and to walk with Jesus our Savior, the living Word, is to follow the path of joy and eternal blessing God has prepared for all his people. We invite you to join us on that exciting journey!
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