We believe that God wants all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth through faith in Jesus Christ. Eternal salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and is revealed in Holy Scripture alone.
Grace is God’s freely given and undeserved love for all humanity. God is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He loves the unlovable, forgives the unforgivable, and saves those beyond saving. God revealed His grace most clearly and completely by sending His only Son Jesus Christ to save us from sin, death, and the power of the devil by His perfect and holy life, innocent suffering and death, and bodily resurrection from the dead. Eternal salvation is God’s free, gracious, undeserved, and unearned gift to humanity. God does everything to save us; we do nothing. God delivers these gifts to us through His Word and the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Faith is a living, active, confident trust in God that He is gracious and merciful. God creates faith in the human heart through the preaching of the Gospel (i.e., the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ). Faith trusts that God forgives the sins of all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ..
God reveals His plan of salvation in the Old and New Testament Scriptures of the Holy Bible. The Bible is God’s inspired Word and, as such, is perfectly reliable and without error. The Bible is the only source and standard for Christian teaching according to which all other writings are judged.
For a basic explanation of the Christian faith, see The Apostles Creed and The Small Catechism. The complete, official teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are contained in The Book of Concord.