The primary source for Lutheran Theology is the revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ as witnessed in scripture. The message throughout the Bible reveals God’s passion overwhelming all creation. And in scripture, we see that God’s desire is to be in a loving relationship with us. By reflecting on the biblical stories and themes we come to know God better. Our theology allows us to see how we must live faithfully, but it must also issue into a trust-filled relationship with God. Lutherans believe that participation in theological reflection:
- guides and supports the whole people of God through a lifelong process of faith formation
- equips believers to proclaim God’s grace for all people;
- helps individuals live faithfully in relationship with God, on another, and all creation;
- ensures that the insights from scripture and the confessions that have shaped our faith continue to be passed from one generation to the next.*
- Believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
- Value the God-given worth, dignity, and diversity of each individual.
- Encourage spiritual growth and pray for individuals and the congregation.
- Strive to inspire trust, teamwork, and communication within the congregation.
- Desire to prepare the congregation for the future.
- Strive to meet the needs of contemporary lifestyle and concerns and blend them with traditional values.
- Continually encourage the growth of lay ministry within this congregation.
- Seek to utilize each person’s spiritual gifts.
- Strive to be responsible stewards of time, talent and financial resources entrusted to us by God.
- Strive to be a mission-minded congregation, inviting and hospitable in support to our world.
- Strive to provide Christian educational opportunities for all age groups of our congregation.
*excerpt from Lutheran Basics by Augsburg Fortress