“Joy:fully Lutheran” is an expression of God’s love for sinners. In love, God sent His Son as the sacrifice for sins. Salvation is given freely to all who believe by the work of the Spirit. This Good News creates joy in the hearts and lives of forgiven sinners, who stand as saints in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16–24

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

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To be Lutheran is to rejoice in God’s free gift of salvation. The heart and soul of Lutheran teaching and belief is the love of God. The Gospel is the essence of being a Lutheran. God’s free gift of salvation defines Lutherans and their faith.

Fully Lutheran?

A Lutheran is a person who puts all of his or her faith and trust in Jesus alone. Lutherans do not rely on their own works or worthiness to earn God’s love. Lutherans look to Jesus’ death and resurrection as the fulfillment of God’s promises to save His people and to forgive our sins. Jesus’ death and resurrection promise eternal life for all who believe. God delivers His gifts of love and forgiveness through His Word proclaimed and read and through His Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Through these means, God comes to sinners with His free gift of salvation.

Lutherans freely and fully confess their sins and seek to amend their sinful life by the power of the Holy Spirit. This change does not earn God’s love, but is a life of thanksgiving for His love. Blessed (full of joy) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

We Witness

Jesus died and rose for us. He forgives our sins and delivers us from death and the grave. His gifts are given to us freely through His Word, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We live as witnesses of His mercy and grace. “Joy:fully Lutheran.”

We Serve

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). As Christians, we serve our neighbors as a reflection of God’s love for us. We have been forgiven and freed from sin to serve our neighbor. “Joy:fully Lutheran.”

We Love

Our witness and service reflect the love of God for this world. In love He gave His Son. Because we have been loved, we love. God calls each of us to serve Him in different places and ways. In each of these vocations, we are given opportunities to love our neighbor. We joyfully obey His command to love our neighbor as ourselves. “Joy:fully Lutheran.”