Lutherans build their lives on Jesus Christ. They believe Jesus is the only, perfect, Son of God. They believe that Jesus died for them and for every person in the world. And Lutherans believe that Jesus rose from the dead and lives for them and for all people who believe in him as their Savior.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
Jesus brings people close to God. Lutherans believe their lives—today, tomorrow, and in eternity—depend on Jesus. They live with a sure hope of eternal life because of Jesus Christ. Lutherans know they're not perfect, that they stumble and fall in their daily walk with God. But they also know that their forgiveness has been won and paid for by Jesus Christ, and when they repent and seek forgiveness, God forgives them because of Jesus. And they want to tell others that good news.
Lutherans often refer to three solas (Latin for "alone") as a summary of the faith that gives them hope:
Grace Alone—God loved the world, though we do not deserve His love. He sent His Son to love the unlovely and save the ungodly.
Faith Alone—Jesus has provided for our forgiveness and life; those who hear this promise and believe it, have what it offers. People don't get faith; God gives it as he gives us His promises.
Scripture Alone—The Bible is the only source that shows God's will and the only basis for faith.
Lutherans also talk about Law and Gospel. The Bible gives the Law to show God's expectation of people and the terrible consequences of not following His commands. But the Bible also reveals the Gospel, the good news of God's love and forgiveness through Jesus.