We are Lutherans. What does this mean?

What does it mean to be Lutheran? Why the need for reformation in 1517? Why do we believe, teach, and confess the faith in the manner that we do?

The Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bennett, Iowa, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Stanwood, Iowa, recently posted an article for the Lutheran Witness blog titled We are Lutherans. What does this mean?. In it, he addresses these questions by describing what the reformation was all about and why we do what we do as confessional LCMS Lutherans.

Here's a  brief excerpt:

"...And that’s why Lutherans do what we do. We baptize babies because they need the work of Jesus that gives them the forgiveness of sins. We confess our sins at the beginning of the Divine Service because we need the forgiveness given in the absolution. We cry out to God for mercy, because we know that we deserve to be punished instead. We hear the Law condemn us, because our flesh needs to be put to death. We hear the Gospel, because we need the comfort and forgiveness it brings us. We receive Christ’s body and blood, because apart from Christ, we have no life in our flesh.  But don’t be fooled: These things are not about what we are doing; they are about God doing something for you, namely bringing you the gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation.

"We’re not disgruntled, but we are sinners who need the forgiveness Christ brings. We are Lutherans."

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation, it is important to remember who we are, why we're here, and what we believe.

Click here to read the entire article.