Thursday, May 27, 2010

To Be Lutheran

To be Lutheran is to believe God's Word.  To be Lutheran is to understand that the Bible has a center--a shining life-giving center--that is, the excellent good news of what God has done through Jesus Christ.  To be Lutheran, however, means we respect and hold that the entire Bible is God's Word, that we do not pick and choose which parts are worthy of our careful attention.

Lutherans understand that the Bible is an ancient book.  We know it takes work to mine its riches.  We know it deserves careful study.  We have, however, always believed that the Bible speaks with God's authority.  Those who say the Bible is simply an old book of ancient human wisdom are neither Lutheran nor Christian.  We are the people of God's revealed Word.  We do not make up or find truth (in regard to our relationship with God) on our own.


  1. EstherS... you asked about the real presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper. Yes, we believe and teach that Christ is present. We don't try to explain how, but we do believe the words "this is my body" and "this is my blood." Is that helpful to you?

  2. Grant-G... did you have anything to say other than "awesome"?