Lutherans believe ...
in one true God
Lutherans share the belief of all other Christians that the one true God has made himself known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
that God has created everything
Lutherans share the belief of all other Christians that the one true God created the universe and everything in it. People are also part of the creation, created for a life of worship and service to God. Lutherans receive, enjoy and share God's good creation with thanks, acknowledging that it is not evil in itself.
that God loves all people.
God loves every human being even though none of us deserve his love, since we are inherently rebellious towards God.
in Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is God's Son. Because he loves the world, God sent his Son Jesus to make things right between God and us. Jesus took the blame for the sins of all people. Jesus died for everybody. Jesus also broke the power of death by becoming alive again.
God's forgiveness is a free gift
Because of Jesus, God has forgiven the sins of all people. God offers his forgiveness to everyone as a free gift. We don't have to earn God's forgiveness or pay for it. It is ours when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour.
forgiveness is delivered to us in the life of the church
Jesus gave his church the authority to forgive sins, baptise people in his name, and celebrate the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. Lutherans believe that through these very special 'means' Jesus delivers to us the forgiveness he won for us on the cross.
what the Bible says
The Bible is the word of God. So Lutherans accept the Bible as the authority that decides what they are to believe and how they should live. Lutherans believe that the good news about Jesus is the key to the whole Bible.
Adapted from LCA official website