To be Lutheran is to be an evangelical, catholic, Christian. Our faith didn’t start with Martin Luther in the Reformation. It is the faith that was revealed by God in Christ through His prophets and apostles. The God of Lutherans is the God of the Bible: The Holy Trinity-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The God of Lutherans is the God confessed by Christians throughout the ages. Before the Emperor and world, our fathers confessed in the city of Augsburg, “Our churches teach with common consent that the decree of the Council of Nicaea about the unity of the divine essence and the three persons is true. It is to be believed without any doubt…Our churches condemn all heresies that arose against this article” (Article I of the Augsburg Confession).
We believe the Father is our true Father. That we are His true children. We believe that Jesus Christ redeemed us, lost and condemned creatures, purchased and won us from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil by His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. We believe we cannot by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus or come to Him. But the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps us in the truth faith.