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What is a Lutheran?

Lutherans are Christians who believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior and head of the church on earth. Lutheran beliefs may be summarized with three questions and answers.   What is the authority for Lutherans? We believe the Bible is inspired by the Spirit of God and is still relevant for people today.   How are people brought into relationship with God? God’s Grace. Jesus Christ died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins and, in doing so, returns people to a right relationship with God. This is a gift from God. People do nothing to earn God’s love or grace. We also believe people have the ability to receive or reject this grace. Either way, God continues to love, pursue and welcome all people How do people receive this grace? Through faith in God. Faith is a gift that is constantly offered to people by God. God continually seeks people out, offering them new life by grace through faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9 NRSV) Links for further study: The ELCA’s statement of faith. Wikipedia’s article on Lutheranism.