Beliefs at University Lutheran

University Lutheran is a “Jesus Centered Community of Scripture, Faith, and Grace,” located on the campus of the Florida State University.

We seek to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ by inviting you into community with us and teaching you Scripture, so that you might have trust (faith) in the free gift (grace) of forgiveness offered to you by Jesus.

Our community is made up of students and non-students from throughout Tallahassee, including students from Tallahassee College and Florida A&M University.

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What We Believe
The universal Christian Church and the Lutheran Church teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

The Lutheran Seal Being Lutheran, our community accepts and teaches in congruence with the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.

The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in four short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone, and Christ alone.  We see ourselves as people who continue on not only the tradition of the early Lutherans, but as people who continue on the tradition of the earliest Christian teachings which came directly from the words of Jesus Christ.

Scripture alone
Scripture is God’s Word given to men.  It was written down by all sorts of people throughout the ages, but the Holy Spirit who is God stands behind its words and messages.

Grace alone
God loves all the people of the world.  He loves them even though they are sinful.  Being sinful means to rebel against God and to not deserve His love.  It means that you’re not even close to being good enough to deserve a relationship with Him.  God sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and to begin a relationship with us that we could never earn.

Faith alone
Faith is given to those who hear what God has to say about loving us and believe that He chose to save us offers us eternal life. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.  Faith is like trust.  God gives us trust as the way to be in community with Him.  We can’t force ourselves to trust Him, so He began the trusting relationship by sending Jesus.

Christ alone
We believe that Jesus Christ was sent to begin a relationship with us.  We don’t think you can come to this relationship through anyone or anything else.  We don’t even think that you can somehow will yourself into a relationship with God.  We believe that Jesus came to us and gave us the right to be called sons and daughters of His Father.

University Lutheran Church and Student Center is a church and ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod and receives funding as such.  We are the only Lutheran campus ministry at Florida State University and seek to share the love of Christ with all Lutherans, all Christians, and all people.

Learn more about what we believe…
The best way to learn more about what we believe at University Lutheran Church is to visit us.  If you still want to know more after visiting us, our Formation class is designed for exactly that purpose.  You can ask about our Formation class when you get here.

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