Who Exactly Are Lutherans?

The Lutheran Church began in the 1600’s when Martin Luther, a monk and a professor of theology, began to question some of the practices common in Christian churches in his day. Luther felt that

Martin Luther

human invention had created a church that overly complicated the simple message of the Gospel. Calling themselves the Evangelical, or Gospel centered, Church, Luther and his followers translated the Bible in to languages that common people could read. They also simplified worship and provided for greater participation by lay members of congregations.

Today Ascension Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA is a fellowship of over four million people gathered in to over ten thousand congregations across the United States. As such, the ELCA is one of the largest Protestant churches in the U.S.

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Regardless of age, race, or status in life, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America welcome you to join this community of faith.

Statements of Belief

Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.

We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

The Bible

Most Americans, religious or not, have heard of and read part or even all of the Bible. It is arguably one of the most often referenced books — or set of books — in our culture.

In its most basic definition, the Bible is a diverse collection of writings, divided into two main sections:

  • the Old Testament, which tells the story of God’s relationship with and work on behalf of the Hebrew people
  • the New Testament, which shares the story of Jesus, God’s Son, and his teachings, death and resurrection, as well as the experiences and faith of the first followers of Jesus

But its meaning — and its significance to the Christian faith — is far more complex and profound. As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the Bible is the written Word of God. It creates and nurtures faith through the work of the Holy Spirit and points us to Jesus Christ, the living Word and center of our faith. And in reading the Bible, we are invited into a relationship with God that both challenges us and promises us new life.


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