At New Life Lutheran Church our primary mission is to share God’s love with as many people and in as many ways as possible. We believe that God’s love is made known most clearly in Jesus, who taught a way to experience meaningful life, who died in order to offer forgiveness for our imperfect lives, and who rose again to bring the hope of eternal life. While we are a church within the Lutheran tradition, we are before all else Christian, and believe that God wants all people to experience His love through Jesus, and share in the new life Jesus brings. We know that God loves you, and we deeply desire for you to know that too.
As to the manner of worship, Luther chose to retain altars and vestments and prepare an order of liturgical service, but with the understanding that no church was bound to follow any set order. As a result, there is today no uniform liturgy belonging to all branches of the Lutheran body. However, an important place is given to preaching and congregational singing.
Although Luther retained that Baptism was necessary for spiritual regeneration, no specific form was stipulated. Today Lutherans practice both infant baptism and baptism of believing adults.
Access to God – Luther believed that each individual has the right to reach God through Scripture with responsibility to God alone. It is not necessary for a priest to mediate.
The Lord’s Supper
Luther also retained the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, but the doctrine of transubstantiation was rejected. Sacraments – Luther believed the sacraments were valid only as aids to faith (initiating and feeding faith), thus giving grace to those who participate in them.
Salvation by Grace through Faith
Luther maintained that salvation comes by grace through faith alone; not by works and sacraments.
Salvation for All
Luther believed that salvation is available to all humans through the redeeming work of Christ.
Luther believed the Scriptures contained the one necessary guide to truth.