Lutheranism in Germany ]

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History

The Lutheran Denomination is the oldest protestant denomination in the world. Founded by Martin Luther in 1517. This was also the start of the protestant reformation. Lutheranism quickly spread throughout Deutschland and Scandinavia, and the protestant movement in various forms could soon be found throughout Europe. Christianity is the largest religion in Germany with einundfunfzig Millionen followers. 29.9% are protestant and belong to the EKD. The reason that Lutheranism is so important they were the very first protestants to break away from the Catholic Church.

Martin Luther

Born in Eisleben, Germany in 1483. At the age of 13 he was sent to the Universitat Erfurt, where he studie law. In 1505 Luther's life took a dramatic twist when he gave up all his possession's and entered the monastic life. In 1517, Luther questioned the church and called for a public debate over 95 thesis's that he had written. However these thesis's became the start of the Protestant Reformation. Luther protested certain doctoral issues, mainly dealing with that you could go to Christ yourself to receive forgiveness for your sins. Not having to go through a priest for him to ask for forgiveness.

Luther's later years were spent in both illness and furious activity. In 1531, though being sick for 6 months, he preached 180 sermons, wrote 15 tracts, worked on a Translation of the Old Testament, and he took numerous trips. Martin Luther died in 1546 at the age of 62.

Belief's

the Lutheran faith is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. We believe that God is three in one, or triune. We believe that the Son of God became a human being to suffer and die for the sins of the world so that all who believe in Him will not perish but through His substitution for us on the cross we are given forgiveness and eternal life.

Lutherans believe that salvation was made possible 100% by the work of Jesus Christ. This gives rise to the Lutheran phrase “Christ alone!”.

Lutherans believe that we are saved by God's mercy and forgiveness and not by works of righteousness to atone for our past or even by a personal action of deciding to follow Jesus. Rather, the work is entirely God's. This gives rise to the Lutheran phrase of “Grace alone!”.

Lutherans do believe that trust in Jesus is necessary for salvation. However, we understand that such trust is the work of God the Holy Spirit working through the Scriptures and the Sacraments to create such faith. We understand that simple trust in the promises of God in Jesus Christ are sufficient to secure an individual's salvation. This gives rise to the Lutheran phrase of “Faith Alone!”

Lutherans take their beliefs from the Holy Scriptures. Lutherans of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod continue to believe the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the only revelation on both beliefs and practice. This give rise to the Lutheran phrase of “Scripture Alone!”

Lutherans believe it is important to proclaim their faith to the world in an understandable manner.

German Terms

Universitat- University

Deutschland- Germany

einundfunfzig- 55

Millionen- Million

Studie- Study

Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland- EKD

Sources

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