The Lutheran Faith
The Lutheran Church
is that continuation of the historic Church of Jesus Christ (reaching
to the time
of the Apostles) which has affirmed the Gospel as the heart and
core of its understanding of Christian belief in a confession
of faith called “Lutheran.”
Lutherans recognize the two great realities
of human existence: sin and grace. Sin is
the basic human problem, the problem from which all others flow.
Sin is the natural inclination to focus on oneself, to put oneself
or some thing in the center instead of God. Grace is
God’s response to humans caught in sin – He loves
us all anyway and through His Son Jesus Christ sets us free from
sin and its major consequence, death.
Lutherans believe that the central truth of
the Bible is this description of God’s grace overcoming
sin: we get right with God and receive His gifts of forgiveness,
new life, and eternal life . . .
by grace (God’s
love which is undeserved),
for Christ’s sake (He suffered and died for the forgiveness
of our sin),
through faith (which is also a gift, the working of the
Holy Spirit through God’s Word
for serving (as a result of a new and right relationship
with God, we live in service to
Him by serving people in His name).
Therefore Bethany Lutheran Congregation seeks
to be a church that is
As Philip once said to a skeptical Nathanael, “Come
and see!” (John 1:46)