What we believe
The Lutheran Church is the oldest of the Protestant churches, being the first to "protest" against the religious authorities in the 16th Century. In fact the word “protestant” came from the protest that occurred after a young Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The protest brought about a reformation, and through this process the protestant church was born. Martin Luther taught, and the Lutheran Church teaches, that salvation is not a reward earned, but a gift given to all by a gracious and loving God (saved by grace):
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
For Lutherans, this means that we are not here to work out our salvation, but to live our lives freed to live in response to this undeserved gift.