Our Beliefs


As one of the oldest Protestant denominations, Lutheranism traces its core beliefs and practices back to the principles of Martin Luther, the German monk known as the "Father of the Reformation." Luther's major departures from Roman Catholic doctrine were based on these beliefs:

 ~Baptism  

Although Luther retained that Baptism was necessary for spiritual regeneration, no specific form was stipulated. Today Lutherans practice both infant baptism and baptism of believing adults.

 

~Individual

Access to God - Luther believed that each individual has the right to reach God through Scripture with responsibility to God alone. It is not necessary for a priest to mediate.

 

~The Lord's Supper 

Luther also retained the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, but the doctrine of transubstantiation was rejected. Sacraments - Luther believed the sacraments were valid only as aids to faith (initiating and feeding faith), thus giving grace to those who participate in them.

 

~Salvation by Grace through Faith -

Luther maintained that salvation comes by grace through faith alone; not by works and sacraments.

 

~Salvation for All

 Luther believed that salvation is available to all humans through the redeeming work of Christ.

 

~Scripture 

Luther believed the Scriptures contained the one necessary guide to truth.

 

~Worship 

 As to the manner of worship, Luther chose to retain altars and vestments and prepare an order of liturgical service, but with the understanding that no church was bound to follow any set order. As a result, there is today no uniform liturgy belonging to all branches of the Lutheran body. However, an important place is given to preaching and congregational singing.

 

To learn more about the Lutheran denomination visit LutheranWorld.org, the ELCA, or the LCMS.

 

What's New at New Life

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Big Hair » BIG HAIR EVENT!   New Life Church's Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) is organizing an event to support the Prager Cancer Assistance Fund and Locks of Love and Pantene: Beautiful Locks! We want *YOU* to donate your hair or shave your head for such an amazing cause!! All the money raised will go to support local patients currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Can't donate your hair? There are still things you can do to support the cause!1) DONATE DONATE DONATE!! Donate to help the cancer patients!2) Come and see! Watch everyone shaving their heads and cutting their hair the day of the event at New Life! Come support them, as this is hard for some of them to do.3) Invite! Even if you cannot make it the day of the event, invite your friends! Invite your enemies! Invite everyone you know!4) Pray! Please pray for the people donating their hair, the people shaving their heads, and of course, the cancer patients!  Also involved with this event will be a concert! Free to all! All donations going towards the Prager Fund. Interested in offering your talents? Please contact any member of SHYG. Message us, or find us. E-mail Melinda Lingenfelter at nh15.lingenfelterm@gmail.com for more information!You will also be able to buy raffle tickets to win a chance at shaving someone's head (more info coming soon)!Are you able to help out with this event by cutting and/or styling people's hair and/or shaving heads? Please let us know!This is going to be an incredible event with something for the whole family to do! From the young to the old (and especially the young at heart) there are activities the whole family can take part in!We hope to see you all there to support this amazing cause!                                                                                                                                     

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