Lutheran theology

What is theology?

Theology, as praise of the Triune God, is an essential function of the church. The practice of theology at Australian Lutheran College (ALC) is centred on our understanding of God who comes close to serve us in Jesus Christ. We respond to this gift in a life of service and praise.

Theology belongs to the whole people of God. Students and teachers at ALC pursue a deeper encounter with and understanding of God's self-revelation in his Word - for themselves, for the church, and for the world.

Theology serves God through serving God's people. ALC courses and subjects engage with the insights, knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for service in the church and the world, as people of faith, as pastors, as teachers, and as lay workers.

Understanding Lutheran theology

The theological position of ALC is that of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), which is described in the confessional paragraph of its constitution.

Lutheran theology has its beginning and centre in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God accepts sinners unconditionally and forgives them because of Christ. Our position is based on our understanding of God's self-revelation in the Bible.

This central teaching is spelled out most clearly in the doctrine of justification by faith, which has always been foundational for the Lutheran Church. Human beings, alienated from God because of sin, are put right with God (or justified) through faith in Christ, which is a gift from God. The Lutheran Church holds that the doctrine of justification is the proper key to unlocking the message of the Bible.

The LCA accepts the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as God's revealed and authoritative word in all matters of doctrine and life. It also acknowledges and accepts as true expositions of Scripture the symbolical writings of the evangelical Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord of 1580.