We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do.
Today’s Lutherans hold to basic principles of theology and practice espoused by Luther, including Sola Gratia. It was the hope of Martin Luther’s reformation challenge in 1517 that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.
ELCA: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Good Shepherd is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
"The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther." (Hill Buchbinder.C. (May 25, 2017) Record Number Accept Call to ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission. Retrieved from http://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7888)
Good Shepherd's Mission Statement:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is a community of the Lord’s faithful people, accepting and loving others. This congregation is committed to glorifying God by learning and spreading the Gospel. Through worship and prayer and by sharing God’s gifts, Good Shepherd seeks to renew each individual in Christ and increase the experience of being a part of the Christian community. (Adopted in January 2003)