Lutherans believe that individuals receive the gift of salvation through faith alone.
Saving faith is the knowledge of, acceptance of, and trust in the promise of the Gospel.
Even faith itself is seen as a gift of God, created in the hearts of Christians by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word and Baptism.
Faith receives the gift of salvation rather than causes salvation.
Thus, Lutherans reject the “decision theology” which is common among modern evangelicals, that requires that individuals must make a conscious decision to “accept” and follow Christ (be “born again”).