The Lutheran Church dates back to the Reformation in the 16th century when Martin Luther challenged some of the teachings and practices of the church of his day. Luther insisted that the Bible is the authority that decides what the church should teach and do.
The Lutheran Church is one of the world’s major Christian churches, with 70 million members worldwide.
Across Australia, over 170,000 people call themselves Lutherans, and more than 600 congregations join together as the Lutheran Church of Australia (and New Zealand) (LCA).
In the classic Lutheran summary of faith, we believe that we are saved ‘by grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith’. In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn God’s favour or to gain eternal life. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has won all this and more for us. We also believe that only the Bible is the source of inspiration and teaching.
The Western Australia District is a made up of 14 congregations and preaching places, plus the Living Waters Lutheran College school. There is also the Lutheran Youth of WA and Lutheran Women of WA.