Authentic Christian faith is a joyful, living faith, confident in God’s grace. This faith opens us to a life of love, thanksgiving, and repentance. Such bold trust in God empowers joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.
Lutherans around the world today represent a spectrum of belief and practice. However, they still share a common foundation of the core Reformation principles.
Three “Solas” of the Reformation
- Sola Scriptura “Scripture Alone” – Scripture (The Bible, Old and New Testaments) is uniquely authoritative and inspired by God. Thus it is the final authority in matters of faith and practice. The Bible contains everything that one needs to know in order to obtain salvation and to live a Christian life. All other sources, such as creeds and councils, are considered authoritative only as they agree with the clear teachings in scripture.
- Sola Fide “Faith Alone” – Our salvation is received by faith or trust in God and Jesus Christ’s redemptive work alone. Good works are not a means or requisite for salvation. Though no one earns God’s favor through works of merit, authentic faith produces a life of good works. Sola Fide was a central doctrinal issue for Martin Luther, calling it the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”
- Sola Gratia “Grace Alone” – Similar to Sola Fide, the doctrine of Sola Gratia emphasizes that salvation cannot be earned through good works, or bought at any price. God extends this gift of grace to us sinners as unmerited favor only.
Scriptures, Creeds, and Confessions
We profess belief in the Trinity – One God in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We trust in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
Our beliefs are based upon and are expressed through the Bible, the historic creeds of the Church (Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed), and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord.
Learn more about teachings of the Lutheran faith tradition on the ELCA website at: www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching
Sacraments and Rites
Information about baptism, confirmation, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services at Trinity is available here.
500 Years of Reformation
In 2017, Lutherans around the world celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
More information and links to other resources are found on our Reformation 500 page.
Trinity and the Broader Christian Community
Metro DC Synod, our regional community
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our national community
Reconciling in Christ, our commitment to inclusion of the LGBTQ community
Lutheran World Federation, our community around the world
Information about Trinity Lutheran Church governance is available here.