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Introduction

What do Lutherans believe? Concordia Academy stands proudly in the heart of Wichita, Kansas as a beacon of Lutheran education, forging a close-knit community that cherishes faith, knowledge, and service.

The foundation of Concordia Academy’s ethic is deeply rooted in Lutheranism, a Christian tradition that traces its origins to the teachings of Martin Luther during the 16th-century Reformation.

In this blog, we will delve into the core tenets of Lutheranism, shedding light on what Concordia Academy holds dear.

Understanding Lutheranism

Concordia Academy is a Christian school whose roots can be traced to the 16th century, when literacy flourished due to the widespread use of the press.  Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, was tasked with reading the Bible in its original languages as a teacher of his order, and subsequently was engaged in translating the Bible into German, one of the earliest common tongue translations in the Western World.  As a result of this, a renewed focus on scripture began as a scholarly movement leading to the Reformation. The term “Lutheran” was originally applied to Christians who repudiated indulgences, penitentiary acts and works based righteousness as opposed to common practices in the medieval Church of the time.  Today, Lutheran churches identify themselves as part of the Universal Church that trace their traditions through the historic councils up to the council of Trent.  Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, and Sola Scriptura are often associated with Martin Luther and the Lutherans, just as they were with St. Augustine in the 5th century.

Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

Lutherans believe in justification by faith alone. This means that individuals are justified before God not by their works, but through faith in Jesus Christ. This fundamental tenet highlights the centrality of God’s grace and the belief that salvation is a gift from God, received through faith.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

Concordia Academy upholds the Lutheran principle of salvation by grace alone. This underscores the idea that salvation is an undeserved gift from God, and humans cannot earn it through their actions. The emphasis on God’s grace fosters humility and gratitude among the Concordia Academy community.

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

Lutherans emphasize the authority of the Bible as the ultimate source of divine revelation. The Scriptures, comprising the Old and New Testaments, are considered the primary guide for faith and practice. At Concordia Academy, students are encouraged to explore and understand the teachings of the Bible, fostering a deep connection with God’s Word.

Concordia Academy Mission

Concordia Academy’s commitment to Lutheran principles extends beyond theological doctrine and influences the daily lives of its students. The academy places a strong emphasis on character development, moral integrity, and a sense of community. Students are encouraged to live out their faith through acts of service, compassion, and kindness. As Martin Luther would say, “God doesn’t need your good works, your neighbor does.”

Conclusion

What do Lutherans Believe? At Concordia Academy, Lutheranism preserves the tradition of the Church.  It isn’t just a belief – it’s the cornerstone of our educational mission. In the 16th century, faith met learning, as the scholars rediscovered scripture in the classical languages.  Today, we create an environment where faith and learning coexist, shaping a unique journey for students.

Experience the seamless blend of academic excellence and spiritual growth. Our Lutheran attitude toward scripture, the Church, and the callings of government and family ensures that students not only thrive in their studies but also flourish in their personal and purposeful journeys.

Ready for a transformative educational experience rooted in faith, knowledge, and service? Contact us today. Let’s dive into shared values, defining who we are and shaping the extraordinary educational experience at Concordia Academy. Your journey starts here!

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