What is a Lutheran?
A Lutheran is a member of the larger Christian Church believing that we are brought to eternal life by the grace of God and through God's Son, Jesus Christ. Specifics of the Lutheran denomination can be found here.
What is the ELCIC?
What sacraments are held in the Lutheran Church?
Who was Martin Luther?
Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a leader in the Protestant Reformation, specifically in Germany and Scandinavia. In 1517 Luther published the 95 Thesis, a critique of the Church's practice of selling Indulgences, in an effort to spark church debate and reform. The Church took exception to his writing, teaching and preaching about God's grace and love as the central understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1521 Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and the birth of a "Lutheran church" movement begins to spread through Germany and Scandinavia. Luther's writing and teaching became the key to reading and understanding the Bible in the Lutheran church. The three "solas" are at the center of Luther's understanding of salvation from Jesus Christ.