Living Faithfully


When Lutherans talk about faith, we mean the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us, where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.


Martin Luther was exuberant when he described the freedom of living faithfully, saying, “Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good things unceasingly.”


Faith is both individualistic and is expressed through the gathering of believers together in faith communities. Each congregation is unique, comprised of individuals and families with various backgrounds. Faith convictions expressed as statements of belief flow from this confident trust in God. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Lutherans share in the faith expressed in the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, in the Lutheran confessional writings (collected as the Book of Concord), and in the ELCA Confession of Faith.


At the same time faith does not close our minds to the world and our hearts to others. We continue to listen to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for the ways God is active in the world around us. Faith opens a place for engaging others in conversation, for seeking the truth, for asking questions and speaking love in word and deed.


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