LUTHERANISM (Lutheran tradition)

"To be Lutheran is to be ecumenical"   (Dr Ishmael Noko, former General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation).

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva is an independent institution supported financially by its members - is a Lutheran Church - is international - open to all denominations - and highly ecumenical.

We are a member of the Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein , which in turn is a member of the Lutheran World Federation (where many of our members work).

We are also a member of the Association of International Churches in Europe and the Middle East.

Our membership in the ecumenical Rassemblement des Eglises et Communautés chrétiennes de Genève (RECG) provides a link to local French-speaking congregations.

On this page you will find a video series of presentations on the subject of Lutheranism given in our church, to the congregation, by Dr Ishmael Noko.  There is also a linked video about Martin Luther and the Reformation.   AND - want to see the very FIRST Lutheran Magazine from 1827 ? - It is linked as a historical document below the videos.

On-line videos of Luther

On-line video of Luther defending himself at Worms:

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Who are these Lutherans? (Dr. Ishmael Noko)

Who are these Lutherans? a 5-part presentation by Dr. Ishael Noko, former General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation.


1.  Who Are These Lutherans? PART ONE — Introduction to the Reformation

Go to Video part 1

2.  Who Are These Lutherans? PART TWO — Landmark for Western Christianity

Go to Video part 2

3.  Who Are These Lutherans? PART THREE — Characteristics of Lutheran Churches

Go to Video part 3

4. Who Are These Lutherans? PART FOUR — Structures (Polity) of Lutheran Churches

Go to Video part 4

5.  Who Are These Lutherans? PART FIVE" — Ecumenism of the Lutheran Church

Go to Video part 5

Lutheran History

Lutheran Magazine (USA) - Volume 1, Numbers One to Twelve - published 1827-1828

  • Volume one, numbers one to twelve, 1827-1828

    The LUTHERAN TRADITION:  a six-part class took place from 13th September to 18th October 2015, led by Pastor Andy and several members of the Lutheran World Federation.

    Lutheran Tradition, part 1 HISTORY

    Lutheran Tradition, part 2 FAITH

    Lutheran Tradition, part 3 WORSHIP / SACRAMENTS

    Lutheran Tradition, part 4 BIBLE - Jesus, scripture as word

    Lutheran Tradition, part 5 INTER-FAITH RELATIONS

    Lutheran Tradition, part 6 THEOLOGY of the CROSS


    On REFORMATION SUNDAY:  Affirmation of Faith:  Apostles' Creed, from Luther's Small Catechism

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    Affirmation of Faith     Apostles’ Creed, from Luther’s Small Catechism

    Do you believe in God, the Creator?
    I believe in God the Father Almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.

    What does this mean?
    I believe that God has created me, together with all that exists.
    God has given me and still preserves my body and soul:
    eyes, ears and all limbs and senses; reason and all mental faculties.

    In addition, God daily and abundantly provides
    shoes and clothing, food and drink, house and farm,
    spouse and children, fields, livestock and all property—
    along with all the necessities and nourishment for this body and life.
    God protects me against all danger
    and shields and preserves me from all evil.
    And all this is done out of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy,
    without any merit or worthiness of mine at all!
    For all of this, I owe it to God to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
    This is most certainly true.

    Do you believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son?
    I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
    he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
    and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

    What does this mean?
    I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father in eternity,
    and also a true human being, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord.
    He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being. 
    He has purchased and freed me from all sins, from death,
    and from the power of the devil,
    not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood
    and with his innocent suffering and death.
    He has done all this in order that I may belong to him,
    live under him in his kingdom, and serve him
    in eternal righteousness, innocence, and blessedness,
    just as he is risen from the dead, and lives and rules eternally.
    This is most certainly true.

    Do you believe in God, the Holy Spirit? 
    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

    What does this mean?
    I believe that by my own understanding or strength
    I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him,
    but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel,
    enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy
    and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers,
    enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth
    and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one common, true faith.
    Daily in this Christian church the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins—
    mine and those of all believers.
    On the last day, the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead
    and will give to me and all believers in Christ eternal life.
    This is most certainly true.