What is Lutheran and the ELCA?

Being a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is belonging to a diverse group of people that connects across continents, across cultures and generations who believe in a Triune God, that Christians are saved by God’s Grace through faith (apart from works) through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and with the Holy Spirit who calls, gathers, and empowers the church to move beyond, out into the world with the purpose of furthering Christ’s work of restoration and reconciliation.

 

The name Lutheran came about recognizing the teachings of Martin Luther.  Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic and wanted to remain so.  He taught that we are “saved by grace through faith not by our works but it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2.8-9, Romans 3.20,28, Galatians 2.16.  For this reason he opposed the practice of indulgences (A remission of the temporal punishment due to sin given by one in payment for another, the guilt of which has been forgiven).*  He did not like the idea naming a group “Lutherans” but the name was initiated by some that opposed his teachings in the 16th century and it stuck.

We believe that we are "saved by grace through faith, not by our works but that grace and faith are gifts of God!"


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*www.newadvent.org (Catholic Encyclopedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*www.newadvent.org (Catholic Encyclopedia)