What Do We Believe?

The Lutheran Church derives its name from Martin Luther (1483-1546), an Augustinian monk whose posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, sparked the Reformation. The documents, which present what the Bible teaches and what we believe and confess, were assembled and published in 1580 in The Book of Concord.

At the heart of what we believe is the conviction that salvation is the free gift of God's grace for Christ's sake alone. "God forgives our sins," says Luther in his Large Catechism (1539), "altogether freely, out of pure grace."

While God's grace is universal and embraces all people, we believe that the Scriptures teach that this grace can be appropriated by sinful human beings only through faith.

We believe that Baptism has God's command and promise. Baptism is "the Word of God in water," Luther said. God's action in Baptism, apart from any human initiative, creates and bestows the gift of faith through which the Christian lays hold of God's grace.

We also believe that the Scriptures teach that the bread and the wine in the Lord's Supper are the true body and blood of Christ. Although we do not presume to understand how this takes place. We confess that in, with and under the earthly elements, God gives the true body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

Simply stated, Prince of Peace believes, teaches and confesses that salvation is in Christ alone -- by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Scripture alone. To share this message with the world is the mission of the church and the reason for its existence.

If you'd like to learn more about Prince of Peace, please contact the church office at 334.774.6758.