What we believe
The Lutheran Church-Canada accepts the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and subscribes unconditionally to all the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God. We accept the Confessions because they are drawn from the Word of God and on that account regard their doctrinal content as a true and binding exposition of Holy Scripture and as authoritative for all pastors, congregations and other rostered church workers of The Lutheran Church-Canada.
As Lutherans, we believe in the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is God's inspired, inerrant 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 a personal relationship between God and man, initiated and sustained by God through these means of grace. We believe that being a Christian involves more than being in Church on Sunday. We believe that it is a way of life, including individual, family and community responsibilities. If you are looking for a church that takes God at His Word; a church filled with forgiven sinners; a church that seeks to share God's love as best it can; you have come to the right place!
... there is only one God
who created everything, controls everything, cares for everything
who shows us He exists through nature and conscience
who tells us about Himself in the Bible
who has revealed Himself as three distinct persons-Father, Son and Holy Spirit
who is the only True God among the gods of all religions
... there is only one reliable source of information
the Bible is unique
the Bible tells us all we need to know about God
the Bible tells us human existence is no accident
the Bible tells us God wants to be with us now and forever
the Bible tells us that to live with God forever we need to be perfect, sinless
... there is only one true faith
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
- who rose from the dead and provided 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 therefore, we want to lead a God-pleasing 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. Martin Luther and the other reformers wrote a series of documents answering accusations that their teaching was contrary to commonly held beliefs and practices of the 15th century church. These defenses and arguments, based upon the Bible were presented before a series of theological gatherings. Eventually, they were compiled into The Book of Concord. These comprise the doctrine and confession of the Lutheran Church.