In a world where truth is disappearing, or where truth is at best subjective, it seems good to make statements about what we believe and why. Over the next number of weeks we will take a look at three categories outlining our faith. We will discuss the fundamental truths, those that are core to Christianity as a whole. We will consider the distinctives, those that are unique Lutherans. And we will explore the ways our beliefs shape our understanding of social and moral issues.
The fundamental doctrines will include
our view of Scripture,
God as a being,
God as Trinity,
the virgin birth of Jesus,
the two natures of Christ,
the nature of sin,
the atoning sacrifice of Christ,
the nature of the Church,
and the Second Coming.
The distinctive doctrines will include
the nature of faith,
the source of faith,
the nature of Sacraments,
the Sacrament of Baptism,
the Sacrament of Holy Communion,
the purposes of the Law,
the relationship of faith and the Sacraments,
and assurance of salvation.
The social and moral issues will include
the sanctity of life,
God and gender,
the value and purpose of the Ten Commandments,
and a Biblical understanding of human sexuality.