What We Believe
Welcome to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church!
We are so glad God has led you to learn more about who we are and what ministries we feel God has called us to. We are a welcoming and loving church family that is passionate about our calling to share the love God has for God's people. We want you to know that there is a place or you here, and we would love to have you come and be a part of this amazing family of faith.
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church is a part of the North Carolina Synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination and one of the largest Protestant Christian denominations in the United States.
Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546). Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.
What started as an academic debate escalated into a distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who accepted Luther’s suggested reforms. "Lutheran" became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.
Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:
We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do; Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and the Bible is the norm for faith and life -- the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.