We confess the apostolic faith in Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scriptures. We affirm the authority of the Scriptures as the authoritative source and standard, “according to which all doctrines must and must be judged” (Formula of Concord). We accept ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessions as true witnesses to the Word of God. Orthodox Lutheran theology holds that God made the world, including humanity, perfect, holy, and sinless.
However, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, relying on their own strength, knowledge, and wisdom. Consequently, people are burdened with original sin, are born sinful and unable to avoid committing sinful acts. For Lutherans, original sin is the main sin, the root and source of all current sins. Lutheran scholasticism was a theological method that was constantly developed during the era of Lutheran orthodoxy.
The NALC, a renewed Lutheran community that advances in faith, focuses on living the Great Commission of Christ to go and make disciples in North America and around the world. Martin Luther saw that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church practiced elements of faith, including communion in both types of vernacular Scriptures, and married clergy, and these practices became a tradition in Lutheran churches. In 1534, Michael, the deacon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, traveled to Wittenberg to meet with Martin Luther, who agreed that the Lutheran Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church were in agreement when it came to many doctrinal beliefs and practices. In 1526, at the First Diet of Speyer, it was determined that, until a General Council could meet and decide the theological issues raised by Martin Luther, the Edict of Worms would not apply and each prince could decide if Lutheran teachings and worship would be allowed in his state.
The Ministry of Care exists to reach out to members, friends and families of the church and community, and to share the eternal love of Jesus Christ with those who need special care. While there are many different groups of Lutherans around the world, each one follows to some extent the theology of Martin Luther and his Protestant Reformation of the Catholic Church. We strive to be an organized church to facilitate the ministries of local congregations in a position of service and a spirit of partnership, by providing resources, connections and information. In 1529, at the Second Speyer Diet, the decision of the previous Speyer Diet was revoked, despite strong protests from Lutheran princes, free cities and Zwinglians.
Lutheranism is the largest religious group in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Namibia.
Lutheran churchesin North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing declines and no increase in membership while those in Africa and Asia continue to grow. For Lutherans, the Ethiopian Church conferred legitimacy on Luther's emerging Protestant vision of a church outside the authority of the Roman Catholic papacy since it was an ancient church with direct links to the apostles. Lutheranism came to India from the work of Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg where a community of several thousand people developed with its own translation of the Bible its catechism its own hymnal and a system of Lutheran schools.
The core values that define Lutheranism are based on Martin Luther's teachings about salvation through faith alone. Lutherans believe that salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. They also believe that Scripture is our ultimate source for understanding God's will for us. Additionally they emphasize grace as an essential part of our relationship with God.
Finally they emphasize service as an important part of our Christian life.