Our Beliefs

What do Lutherans believe? That’s a more complicated question than it might seem at first glance. First, a disclaimer:  

 

I, Pastor Chris, come from a particular school of thought, even for a Lutheran, and as the pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, I write all the articles on these pages. I guarantee that not every member of Messiah Lutheran Church agrees with me. I can guarantee that many Lutherans don’t agree with me, and many more Lutherans have absolutely no idea what the source of any of what follows is.  

 

I can guarantee that historic Lutheran teaches flies in the face of most of American Christianity (and American Civil Religion, which often overlap) teaches. Keep reading to see what I mean.  

 

In summary: the section titled “Our Beliefs” are Lutheran beliefs according to me, Pastor Chris Laughlin. This is the basis of what I preach and teach.  

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Lutheran Christians are a diverse group of people, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity in the household of God. Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are connected to the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

 

Lutheran Christians believe in the Triune God, and that we are part of God’s unfolding plan.

When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time.

When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.

 

We invite you into this community of Christian faith. Welcome, and explore.

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