The Lutheran School Association delivers excellence in Christ-centered education to meet the spiritual, academic, and social needs of its students.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The Lutheran School Association desires to do everything out of a Christian (agape) love for the welfare of children, families, faculty, and staff. Our love for others is a reflection of God’s love for us.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16
The Lutheran School Association challenges individuals to grow and live their faith through instruction in the Word of God, as well as through example.
“…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:12
The Lutheran School Association is a welcoming community that is a cross-section of the world in which we live.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20
The Lutheran School Association students and staff serve as church and community resources.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10
Partnering with parents, the Lutheran School Association develops and grows families.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The Lutheran School Association provides an environment of academic excellence that challenges students intellectually and inspires them to be life-long learners.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
The Lutheran School Association provides an atmosphere where students, staff, and parents forgive and are forgiven as sinners and saints but are held accountable according to the Law and the Gospel.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:15-20
The Lutheran School Association believes community, which is a manifestation of love and devotion to one another, is an essential part of our school and our witness to the greater community.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
The entire Bible is the inerrant word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and completely truthful and reliable. Other writings are valid only when they accurately reflect and teach in accordance with the Holy Scriptures.
The central message of the Bible is free and complete forgiveness of all sin by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The central purpose of the Bible is to bring people to faith in Him.
What do Lutherans Believe, Teach, and Confess?
Three (3) main points summarize clearly:
1. GRACE ALONE
By His grace you are saved through faith. It is not your own doing; it is God’s gift. It is not the result of anything you have done, and so no one may boast.
There is no difference, for all have sinned and are without the praise that God gives. They are justified[declared righteous] freely by His grace, through the ransom Christ Jesus paid.
Grace alone is the biblical teaching that our salvation has been won for us completely and solely by God’s grace through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
2. FAITH ALONE
For we conclude that a person is justified [declared righteous] by faith – apart from the works of the Law.
Yes, I would even say that I consider everything as a loss because it is so much better to know Christ Jesus my Lord . . . and to be found in Him, not having a righteousness which comes from keeping the Law but having the righteousness which is through faith in Christ and which comes from God on the basis of faith.
Faith alone is the biblical teaching that proclaims a person is justified before God, and therefore saved, solely through faith in Jesus Christ.
3. SCRIPTURE ALONE
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)
[Jesus said] “If you remain in My word, you are really my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for pointing out error, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the person who belongs to God is ready, equipped for every good work.
II Timothy 3:16,17
Scripture alone is the principle that declares the Bible to be the true standard by which all teachings are evaluated and ultimately judged.
EVERY OTHER TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE IS RELATED TO THESE THREE. THEREFORE, LUTHERANS ALSO BELIEVE, TEACH, AND CONFESS:
The God of the Bible is the only true God. He reveals Himself as Triune; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Three persons, one God. We agree with the ancient creeds of the Christian Church, which profess the Trinity.
God created everything that exists. His creating acts were accomplished in six (6) days as recorded in Genesis chapter one. He not only created all things, but also continues to sustain and provide for every living creature.
The human race is the crown of God’s creation. Originally people were pure, holy, and righteous. Mankind was created in the image of God, that is, with knowledge and belief in God, and living a life that was completely God pleasing.
The parents of all humanity (Adam & Eve) rebelled against God and brought sin into the world. Since then, all people are conceived and born sinful, daily sin, and cannot save themselves.
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Psalm 51:5 (NIV)
This original sin manifests itself through disobedience against God, actual sin, and is daily evident through our thoughts, words, and actions.
If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
Psalm 130:3 (NIV)
5. JESUS CHRIST
By rebelling against God all people deserve eternal punishment. But, God is love. In His love He sent His only-begotten Son to die for the sin of the world. Jesus fulfilled God’s Law perfectly and then died on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for all sin. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. People can only be saved through faith in Him.
For God loved the world so much that He gave His one-and-only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. You see, God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world would be saved through Him.
Jesus bodily rose from the dead. His resurrection is our guarantee that complete victory has been won for us over sin, death, and the power of the devil. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again at the end of time to judge both those living and those who have died. Believers will go with Him to heaven. Unbelievers will be separated from Him forever.
[Jesus said] “I am the Resurrection and the Life. The person who believes in Me will live even though he dies. Yes, everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.
7. HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is truly God. It is the power of the Holy Spirit working in people that makes it possible for them to believe in Christ Jesus and love as He has first loved. The Holy Spirit works through specific means to fill the hearts of people with the presence, power, and gifts of God.
8. MEANS OF GRACE
The specific means through which the Holy Spirit works are Word (Bible) and Sacraments (Baptism & the Lord’s Supper).
I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is God’s power to save everyone who believes it . . .
All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.
Colossians 1:6 (NIV)
The Sacraments are not merely symbols, but they truly offer and bestow spiritual blessings to those who receive them in faith.
Baptism is water connected with God’s word that promises, offers, and bestows forgiveness.
Baptism now saves us, not by washing dirt from the body, but by guaranteeing us a good conscience before God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ . . .
I Peter 3:21
Because Baptism is a means of grace, even infants and little children can receive the benefits God bestows.
Lutherans accept all modes of baptism as valid, when water is applied in the name of the Triune God.
The Lord’s Supper not only remembers all that Jesus has done for our salvation, but it is the reception of Christ’s true body and blood, in with, and under the bread and wine.
Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Matthew 26:26-28 (NKJ)
Lutherans also believe that reception of the Lord’s Supper not only implies but is a confession of unity and faith.
Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; for all of us partake of one loaf.
I Corinthians 10:17
Worship is defined as gathering to receive the means of grace and respond with acts of praise (narrow) and activities that directly strengthen Christian faith and give honor and obedience to God (broad).
Worship (narrow) includes confession and forgiveness, reading and proclaiming God’s Word, prayer and praise, and often the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Typically, Lutheran worship follows historic traditions. These tried and true liturgies not only give order to worship, but more importantly keep the church faithful to the word of God with the primary focus on Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
Worship (broad) includes devotions, Bible Study, prayer, service opportunities, special dress, etc.