What do Lutherans Believe?
Lutherans emphasize God’s grace as gift “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast”- Ephesians 2: 8-9. Our identity is traced by the thinking and insights of the priest and theologian Martin Luther, whose writings sparked the Reformation in Europe in the 1520’s.
How We’re Organized in America
Messiah Lutheran is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.We are committed to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through our ELCA we relate to over 10,500 other congregations in the United States and the Caribbean- including approximately 5,000,000 baptized people. Our oldest congregation was founded in 1649!
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Faith in Action
Although Lutherans are only about 1.6 percent of the total U.S. populations, nearly 25 percent of all nursing home care in the United States is provided by Lutherans. We are the third largest non-profit provider of daycare through our innumerable pre-school, day care and latchkey facilities.
The Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Disaster Response provide millions of dollars in long-term relief to communities here in the United States and across the globe. Lutheran World Relief is designated as one of the four most effective relief agencies in the world. Lutheran World Relief has an administrative cost of only 7% compared to 37% for the next most effective provider.
The single largest non-profit agency in the United States is Lutheran Social Services. The ELCA has strong ties to Habitat for Humanity through our volunteers and fraternal aid association, Thrivent. To see what we’re doing locally, move to our Serving Others tab.
Around the Globe
The ELCA is part of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), made up of 68.6 million Christians in 78 countries all of the world.