Lutherans believe in the triune God and the complete truth and trustworthiness of the Bible. We believe that the Bible, along with Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the means through which the Holy Spirit creates and sustains faith in a person’s heart. Paul’s summary in Ephesians 2:8-10 is worth noting: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
These words of Paul summarize three important truths about Christianity: We are saved by grace, through faith, for works. Lutherans trust in God’s grace alone for salvation, which they receive in their hearts through a personal relationship with God that is brought about by the Holy Spirit, and which prepares them to do the good works God intends for His people to do.