What really is a Lutheran? Simply, a Lutheran is a Christian, a disciple of Jesus. But, as we know Christians can define what Christainity is in different ways.
A Lutheran has a foundation of the "Lutheran Confessions" as an understanding of Christianity. These "Lutheran Confessions" are a definition of the Christian faith found in the Book of Concord, which is a document from the Reformation time in the 1500’s. There is great value to having a consistent biblical standard that helps guide congregations from area to area, decade to decade.
All Lutheran church the same... and yet different?Each Lutheran congregation is its own independent entity and thus styles and language might vary but you'll find that there is a consistent message shared of what the Gospel is, and is not.
Christ Lutheran Church is an LCMS congregation. (You are invited!) You'll find we have a blended approach in our worship style, seeking to have a comfortable and yet reverent atmosphere.
What are the Lutheran Confessions? Martin Luther began something in 1517 when he publicly questioned some of the ways that “church” was functioning and what was being taught.
This reached its culmination in 1580, when the official statements of Lutheran belief, the Lutheran Confessions, were gathered together in what is known as the Book of Concord. A strong motivator for Martin Luther was his concern about the Gospel of Jesus Christ being shared clearly and consistently. The LCMS accepts the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and subscribes unconditionally to these Lutheran Confessions as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God.
What is the point of the Lutheran Confessions? Some Christian denominations vote on what they will believe, or follow a paternal hierarchy. The Confessions give a solid, clear, unchanging, binding authority in Scriptural teachings and for how we function as God's church.
This helps assure the sharing of the true Gospel and the proper handling of God’s Sacraments. The Reformation was not a “revolt,” or the start of a new church. Rather, it began as a sincere expression of concern with false and/or misleading teachings concerning the truth. The Lutheran Church maintains the truth and freedom of the Gospel as expressed from the early Christian Church