Our faith tradition is based on a life-transforming story. The ELCA’s story is both ancient and timely. It’s a story of a powerful and patient God who has boundless love for all people of the world, who brings justice for the oppressed. It’s a story of Jesus Christ, changing lives. It’s a story that brings comfort and strength to people who today live in modern, often unsettling times.
King of Kings members embrace a wide variety of understanding and a diversity of adherence to of these articles of faith and statements of belief. Such diversity is warmly welcomed.
Statements of Belief
Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God creates and loves all of creation: the earth, and the seas, and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.
We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds. These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.
The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching.
Lutherans express our faith in worship by use of three ecumenical creeds accepted by most Christians worldwide as correct expressions of what God’s Word teaches. This common profession of faith is a way to proclaim our unity with Christians around the world and throughout time back to the ancient church.
Links for more information
Other Links of Interest
- The Lutheran magazine
- 1517 Media (ELCA publishing)
- St. Augustine’s House Lutheran Monastery
- Old Lutheran
- Lutheran Central: Connecting Lutherans
- Sarcastic Lutheran blog
- Bible Tutor (Luther Seminary)
- Oremus (daily prayer in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition)
- Oremus Bible Browser (RSV on-line Bible)
- Prayers from various traditions
- American Bible Society
- Bible Gateway
- Thrivent Financial