God's Good News
Sharing God’s good news is the reason the church exists. Reformation is part of a world-wide, historic group of Christians who trace our heritage through Martin Luther. With the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation, we share the saving, healing, liberating love of God for you and the world. This is what we believe and how we seek to live together.
Reformation trusts and shares the good news of God in Jesus Christ—his life and teaching, his suffering and death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead. Jesus reveals God’s love for our broken and sinful world. Lutherans and other Christians use the word “evangelical” to refer to this “good news.” God forgives us and renews our lives, not because we’re holy and perfect, but simply, profoundly because God graciously loves us.
God’s Spirit gathers and nurtures us in worship. In worship, the beauty of God’s love and the hope of God’s Word are revealed. We’re washed and reborn in the waters of Holy Baptism, we hear God’s Word in scripture, we’re nourished and fed at the table of Holy Communion, and then we’re blessed and sent in peace.
Forgiven and freed by God’s amazing grace, we’re encouraged and guided by the Holy Spirit to love our neighbors, reconcile with our enemies and care for the environment. Wherever our church or society fails to embody God’s love, the Spirit hears the cries of the oppressed and raises up leaders for compassion, reformation, and liberation.
Lutheran’s boldly believe we have the truth—but humbly we don’t think we’re the only ones with it. We’re committed to fostering unity among all God’s children for the sake of the world. We share many of our fundamental beliefs and practices with other Christians. With Roman Catholic, Orthodox and most other Christians we share the Holy Scriptures and the ecumenical creeds. With Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalists and other denominations we share communion, ministers, and service. Ecumenical refers to our relationships with other Christians. We also seek inter-religious dialog and mutual service. Reformation and other Lutherans are especially focused on deepening our relationships with Jews and Muslims.