The Sacraments

The Lutheran tradition holds the sacraments to be an essential part of the life of the Church, and therefore of the lives of her members:

Holy Baptism: Christ commands that all people are to be made disciples through Baptism and teaching (Matt. 28:18-20). We teach that infants and adults who receive Holy Baptism receive the forgiveness of sins and are reborn into God’s family. As Luther writes in the Small Catechism, “[Baptism] works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe, as the words and promises of God declare.”

The Lord’s Supper: We believe that all who commune at the altar participate in the very Body and Blood of Christ. Those who eat of it faithfully receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. But those who do not discern the body of the Lord eat and drink judgment upon themselves (1 Cor. 11:29).

Also of great importance to Lutherans is:
Confession and Absolution: As Lutherans we also believe that a pastor serves as Christ’s representative and can absolve or forgive penitent sinners in his stead (Jn. 20:22-23Matt. 16:19-20). As stated in the Augsburg Confession, “Our people are taught that they should highly prize the absolution, as being the voice of God, and pronounced by God’s command.” This absolution may take place in individual conversation or formally in the rite of Confession and Absolution.