Christians believe that church is a place to connect with God and each other, and where people can find acceptance, encouragement, hope and meaning. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives, and we are His hands and feet in the world.
Christians believe that there is only one God, whom they call Father as Jesus Christ taught them.
Christians believe that there is a life after earthly death. While the actual nature of this life is not known, Christians believe that many spiritual experiences in this life help to give them some idea of what eternal life will be like.
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You can find Lutheran services being offered in many different countries, across numerous languages and cultures, so there are inevitably variations in expressions and styles of worship. Generally, however, Lutheran services are in the 'catholic' tradition, following the historic liturgies.
Music has always been an important part of Lutheran worship - services often have sung liturgy, and instrumental music is common. There have been many great Lutheran composers who wrote prolifically for their churches - perhaps Bach and Mendelssohn are the best known.
Lutherans celebrate Holy Communion regularly, believing that Christ is really present in his fullness in the bread and wine of the sacrament. Lutherans administer Holy Baptism to infants and adults, believing that God gives forgiveness of sins and faith through His word and the water used in this sacrament.
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Christians recognise Jesus as the Son of God who was sent to save mankind from death and sin. Now, anyone can have a relationship with God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus teachings can be summarised briefly as: God loves you, and, love your neighbour.
Prayer is the means by which Christians communicate with God.
The New Testament records that Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, and that he encouraged them to address God as Father. Christians continue to follow this tradition.
Sometimes the prayers are formal and part of a ritual laid down for hundreds of years, such as the Prayer of the Church within worship. Others are personal and spontaneous, and come from personal or group need.
However formal or informal the prayer, Christians believe that God hears all prayers, and encourages us to use prayer as a way to develop and maintain a relationship with Him.
The rite of Holy Communion celebrates Jesus' Last Supper with his diciples, during the Jewish celebration of Passover. The rite comes from the actions of Jesus who, at 'his last meal, took bread and wine and asked his disciples to consume them and continue to do so in memory of him.
At the meal, the wine represented his blood and the bread his body.
Lutherans believe that Christ is present in the bread and wine.
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The Christian church believes in one baptism into the Christian church, whether this be as an infant or as an adult, as an outward sign of an inward commitment to the teachings of Jesus.
Christians believe in the Trinity - that is, in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Some confuse this and think that Christians believe in three separate gods, which they don't.
Christians believe that God took human form as Jesus Christ, and that God is present today through the work of the Holy Spirit and evident in the actions of believers.