The Lutheran Church is one branch of the Holy Christian Church. Lutherans believe in the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is authoritative as God's Word to people of all times and places in its proclamation of the gospel. It sets the standard for our faith and our daily living. In the sacrament of Baptism, Lutherans believe that we enter into a loving relationship with God through the church and are promised both forgiveness and salvation.Our practice of baptizing infants underscores our belief that we are born into a universal community of sinners and that our faith, God's forgiveness, and salvation are not achieved through human effort, but rather, are gifts from God. Through gathering regularly for worship, hearing the Word, and receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion, Lutherans believe our faith relationship with God is strengthened and deepened.
Lutherans are often described as a confessional church, meaning that we adhere to a stated body of belief. We subscribe to the ecumenical creeds established by the early church and hold them to be true expressions of the Apostolic Christian faith. The most concise and pre-eminent statement of belief of the Lutheran Church is contained in the Augsburg Confession written in 1530 by followers of Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestand Reformation in Germany.