What makes Christus Victor a Lutheran church?
What makes an institution a church?
1. "In order that we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the Gospel and administrating the sacraments was instituted." —Augsburg Confession Article V, Book of Concord
2. The proper use of the means of grace, that is the grace-filled, Christ-centered preaching of the Gospel and the administration the sacraments (Baptism and Communion) regularly exercised.
a) For Holy Baptism, this means the person is baptized in the name of the Triune God with water, committing to live in the Christian Community, hearing God's Word and sharing in the Lord's Supper, proclaiming Christ through word and deed, serving all people, and striving for justice and peace throughout the earth.
b) For Holy Communion, this means that the elements of bread and wine are present/used and that the story of the Lord's Supper is told as accurately as possible.
c) The preaching of God's word from a Lutheran perspective, namely we are saved by grace through faith by means of Jesus' death and resurrection. Moreover, we are saved from sin, death, and from the power of the devil freely by our baptism into life and death of Jesus.