The Lutheran church is named after Martin Luther, a 16th century German monk, who, when he had the chance to read the New Testament scriptures for himself, became more and more convinced that the church needed reforming.
It was not his intention to start a new church, and certainly not to have one named after him – his detractors named his “followers” thus. But in Germany today, the church still has the original name of “Evangelical” which means “the message of the good news”.
We believe what Luther believed – that the Bible is the Word of God, and that Christ is the Word made flesh. Christ, through His atoning work on our behalf, has reconciled our broken relationship with God, and there is nothing we need to do, or can do, to earn God’s favour, Christ has done it all for us. The church should be a spiritual hospital where all of us fallen people meet together to connect, be restored by God’s love, and to be empowered by His Spirit to share His love and truth.
500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation at the Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, 2017.
2017 was the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, with celebrations all over the world. The date is calculated from the time that Luther posted his “95 theses” for discussion and debate, in Wittenberg, but Luther was not the first to want the church reformed.