The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Does Alpha fit us?

And who is fit for heaven?

Our congregation is offering the Alpha program. Although this primer for faith has a large following, it appears to have a conservative agenda. Is it in conflict with Lutheran doctrine?

I don't believe it is. Many Lutheran pastors and congregations find this program useful, particularly in reaching folks who don't know much about the faith.

Are all people going to heaven because of Christ's work? What truth determines who will enter heaven and who won't?

We believe that whoever lives for time and eternity in God's saving presence does so only because of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. This faith relationship between human and God is also received and made real through the Spirit, who works through the word and sacraments.

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