So, Lutherans share common beliefs with all Christians. At the same time, Lutherans emphasize:
- Justification by Grace through Faith– There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor or forgiveness. God already loves us and forgives us through Jesus Christ. We are invited to believe and celebrate this promise
- The Sacraments– Jesus surprises us with his presence in the bread and wine of Holy Communion, forgiving us and nourishing with God’s grace. In Baptism, God gives us a new identity, setting us apart for ministry, and promising to be with us throughout our life. This promise is for children and adults. Lutherans also celebrate God’s presence in other “sacramental” rituals: marriage, funerals, confession and forgiveness, healing, confirmation, setting apart church leaders for ministry, etc.
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