are a dozen ways we could begin to answer the question "Why
Lutheran?" Some of them are funny ("Because we know how to
serve up a great pot luck, and we sing all the verses to every
hymn"). Some of them are historical ("Because we are faithful
heirs of the earliest Reformers"). Some of them are musical or
cultural; some of them are doubtless very personal.
the best answers are biblical in origin and
theological in nature:
all Christians, we areTrinitarian and
Incarnational. That is, we believe that God is three in
one and one in three: Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. We also believe that Jesus is God
made flesh for the sake of the world.
With St. Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther and many others we
joyfully confess that we are justified by grace through
faith and not by our merit. Or, to put it another way,
God's love for all of humanity as shown in Jesus means that we do
not have to do anything to earn our salvation. Indeed, we
cannot: it is a gift that we receive in trust.
We "walk wet," believing that through baptism we have
died to our old selves and are raised as a new creation in
Jesus. We embrace two sacraments, baptism and communion, as
means of grace whereby Christ's love is uniquely present
through the water, the bread and
We do not believe that we will ever reach a state of
perfection in this life. Rather, we know ourselves to be
simultaneously saints and sinners.
Our lives as disciples are transformed by the love of Christ,
our Lord, and we pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to tell
to everyone we meet the good news of Jesus!
Why Lutheran? Because we want the world to know and
love Jesus, even as he knows and loves the