Just like other Christian communities, we in the Lutheran Church believe in one God. We believe that God has three forms, but He is nonetheless one. We say that He is a Trinity. We profess a belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for He is the creator, the saviour and the spirit of this world.
Jesus, the son of God, bears the title Christ, which means "king", and we regard him as our king.
God created us in his image to have dominion over the Earth, but we have from the beginning rebelled against His will and made ourselves deserving of punishment. Jesus took this punishment upon Himself by suffering death for our sake. After three days, God caused Jesus to rise from the dead. This meant that hope was reborn in the world, and that human beings can live in the belief that death and evil will not have the last word. The love of God will prevail over evil and death. The fact that Jesus arose from the grave shows that God has accepted His sacrifice. By His death, Jesus re-established our relationship with God, so that we are no longer divided from Him. We do not have to do anything to deserve God’s love, because we already have it.
Jesus was executed by crucifixion; the cross is thus a symbol of the fact that Jesus has re-established our relationship with God. God accepts us for what we are; He is our Father, and supports us in all things. This is not something we can make ourselves worthy of by our own actions. If we truly understand this fact, we will be gripped by gratitude, trust and faith. People who have experienced love should pass it on to their fellow human beings, since love is magnified when it is shared with others. It is our task to pass on love through the family and society, and so it is important for Lutherans to build up a society characterised by solidarity, with the strong helping the weak.
The Lutheran Church has two sacred ceremonies: baptism and the Eucharist. Through baptism, we are cleansed and reborn as new people. When we baptise children, we show that baptism is God’s gift and act – it is not something that we ourselves can perform or deserve.
The Eucharist is the sacred meal of the church service. The Eucharist expresses our fellowship with Jesus Christ, and our fellowship with each other.
By Bishop Jan Lindhardt