What We Believe
Lutheran Church-Canada accepts the Scriptures as the Word of God and subscribes to all the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. As Lutherans, we believe in the Triune God, being the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is God’s true Word, and that God has given us the Sacraments, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, together with his Word (the Holy Bible) as the means of Grace. We believe that the heart of Christianity is based on a personal relationship between God and man, initiated and sustained by God through those Sacraments. We believe that being a Christian involves more than being in the Church pew on Sunday. It is a way of life, which includes individual, family and community responsibilities. We take God at His Word and we are a church filled with forgiven sinners that seeks to share God’s love as best it can.
In faith as Christ’s ambassadors, we value Grace, people and faithfulness.
We value Grace as an undeserved gift from God received through the Word and Sacrament which is exemplified in our relationships and our witness.
We value people by making all members and visitors feel welcome with compassion in our dealings with each other and the community, by recognizing and using the gifts and talents God provides and by nurturing and encouraging the faith of believers
We value faithfulness in our unified confession of faith and by showing integrity and accountability in all our actions.
We believe that there is only one God who created, controls and cares for everything. He shows us He exists through nature and conscience and tells us about Himself in the Bible and is the only true God among the gods of all religions.
We believe that there is only one reliable source of information. The Bible is unique and tells us all we need to know about God and human existence.
We believe that there is only one true faith and that life with God is only possible by his grace because no one is perfect. Jesus Christ is true God and true man who lived a perfect life for us, who suffered and died on the cross for us and who rose from the dead and provided us with the only way for us to have life with God forever. All who admit their sinfulness and believe in Jesus as their one and only Saviour are counted holy in God`s eyes and receive eternal life.
"God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life."
-- John 3:16 (ESV)
The basis of all Lutheran teachings is the Bible. Lutherans believe that we are saved by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) for the sake of Christ alone (solus Christus), a truth revealed to us in Scripture alone (sola Scriptura)