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THE LUTHERAN TRADITION


We stand in the tradition of the Lutheran Reformers of the Sixteenth Century. At that time the church had all but lost the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus was presented to the people in the churches as a stern, righteous judge. Martin Luther grew up in that medieval church, and later discovered that the Bible presents Jesus as one who loves sinners. He further discovered that we are saved by God's grace through faith, and not by anything we can do. Jesus went to a cross for us, and that covers everything.

So the Lutheran tradition has always stressed the freedom of the Christian from "sin, death, and the power of the devil." It is Christ who has set us free. We are free from an eternal treadmill of good deeds done to try to buy God's favor, and free for our neighbor whom we can joyfully serve in Christ's name.

The Lutheran tradition is defined in the Book of Concord which contains writings such as The Augsburg Confession and The Small Catechism. These testify to the Scriptures as our source of authority, to the unearned love of God, and to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 

 

 

 

 

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