What We Believe

The Lutheran Church is the largest Protestant church in the world.                                                                                    

  • Lutherans believe in one true God. Lutherans share the belief of all other Christians that the one true God has made himself known as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • Lutherans believe that God loves all people. Lutherans believe that God loves every human being, even though none of us deserve his love.
  • Lutherans believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity. He is the Word of God in human form, through whom everything was made. Fully divine and fully human, by his life, death, and resurrection God's plan of salvation is accomplished for us. He will come again to complete human history and fulfil the eternal plan of God.
  • Lutherans believe God's forgiveness is a free gift. Sin is more than a specific act or a string of bad decisions, it is a break in relationship with God, separation from God. Because of sin's power over us, we are unable to save ourselves. God has forgiven all sins of all people because of Jesus. God offers his forgiveness to everyone as a free gift. We don't have to earn God's forgiveness or pay for it. It is ours when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour.
  • God offers us his forgiveness in the good news about Jesus, and in baptism and holy communion.

"This is love; not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

         (1 John 4: 10)

  • Lutherans believe what the Bible says.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the authority that decides what they are to believe and how they should live. The Scriptures have been inspired by the Holy Spirit and lead us to an experience of the living Word of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. Lutherans believe that the good news about Jesus is the key to the whole Bible.

(Information based on the brochure "Introducing the Lutheran Church" (Openbook Publishers))

 

The Lutheran Church Logo LCA

  • The Cross reminds us that Christ is the centre of the church. The slanted cross suggests that the church is moving forward and outwards, not static. The cross is breaking out beyond the circle; the church's mission is to take the gospel beyond its own members to all people. The cross is gold because Jesus is our king and our most precious treasure.
  • The Southern Cross shows that the Lutheran church belongs in Australasia. It also acknowledges God as creator.
  • The red flames represent the power and effect of the Holy Spirit, who creates faith in Jesus and calls us to serve him and point others to him. The three flames remind us of the Day of Pentecost, when God sent his Holy Spirit to establish the New Testament Church. The three flames form one flame - a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The flame emanates from the cross and then points back to the cross. This symbolizes the real work of the Holy Spirit who points us to Christ and subsequently to a life of service and witness.
  • The circle represents our unity in Christ and reminds us that God is eternal. Blue is the colour of the sky, and indicates our hope of eternal life in heaven.