Our Savior Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod which is an international church body and the second largest Lutheran group in the United States. It consists of more than 6000 congregations with mission stations in over 30 countries around the world.
Lutherans Believe That:
God is the Creator of the universe with all of its grandeur and beauty, and that He sustains it with His almighty power. He also created our first parents, Adam and Eve, in His own image that they might live in fellowship with Him and be His instruments to care for the creation.
Adam and Eve, whom God created, doubted and rebelled against Him. They sinned and their natures became evil. Now every human being is born with a self-centered nature and a tendency for evil that violates God’s will and desire. Attempts to change human nature or to please God with our own good are doomed to failure. People need forgiveness and new life, and God provides it through His grace.
God out of pure love gives people forgiveness of sins and thus reconciles them to Himself. He does this even though He is a just God who punishes sin because His own Son, Jesus Christ, took the punishment for all sin for all people upon Himself when He died on the cross of Calvary. God raised Him from the dead on Easter and thus demonstrated to the world that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God has been accepted and man’s sin paid for.
People receive forgiveness through faith. Faith is the hand which accepts God’s free gift. Faith is created by the Holy Spirit through the means of the Gospel message which tells of God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ. Infant baptism is the means by which a child is given a new life and received into God’s kingdom.
The Bible is the source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness and is also the way in which He speaks to us today. The Bible was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and so is true and without error.
The church is the fellowship of all those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. The Lutheran Church gets its name from Martin Luther, who “reformed” the church with basic principles of faith alone, grace alone, Scripture alone. The purpose of the church is to nurture faith through the Word and the Sacrament of the altar, and to share the love of God through Word and deed with the whole world in order to make other people disciples of Jesus Christ.
God has given two Sacraments to build His church, Baptism to create faith and Holy Communion – also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist – to nurture faith. In Holy Communion Jesus Christ gives the communicant His body and blood “in, with, and under,” the bread and wine.
The fellowship which God establishes with His believers on earth will continue after this life as believers live with Him in heaven for all eternity.
Reprinted by permission from: Creating a New Member Welcome Packet/compiled by Erwin J. Kolb and R. Haack. St. Louis~, Concordia Publishing House, 1983.
Our Savior Lutheran Church is:
A Word and Sacrament Church. We believe that the entire Bible is the Word of God, given by inspiration through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Bible is the only source of our teachings and the norm for our life and practice. (2 Peter 1:20-21) We also believe that Baptism and Holy Communion, as well as the Word of the Gospel, are the means by which the Spirit of God comes to people to create and nourish faith. (Titus 3:5; Matthew 26:26-28)
A Gospel-Centered Church. We believe that the worship of God is central to all that we do together as a body of believers. It is God’s desire that we enter into His presence with a sense of awe and praise in response to His grace and to share intimacy with Him through His Word and Sacrament. Our worship of God is to be genuine, from the heart, and not simply going through empty motions. In worship we fellowship with God, with one another, and are built up and strengthened in our faith. (Hebrews 10:25-26)
A Caring Church. We care about the whole person spiritually, emotionally and physically. Through our various care ministries we seek to lift up, enrich, encourage, support, and strengthen the lives of those both within and outside our congregation. (Galatians 6:2)
A Spiritual Growth Church. We offer opportunities for Christian Growth and Education for all ages. To that end we maintain a high quality Pre-School, Sunday School, and a wide variety of Bible Studies for youth and adults. Our ministry is concerned not simply with equipping people with a number of Bible facts, but to facilitate the spiritual transformation of people lives. Our goal is not to simply make people members of a church, but to make disciples of Christ. (2 Peter 3:18; Matthew 28:18-20)
A Mission-Minded Church. We believe that in God’s plan “The church is not the mission, rather it has been established by God to accomplish the mission!” To that end we believe that every Christian should be actively involved in serving the Lord and living for Him in every aspect of their lives. We teach that every believer has been gifted by the Holy Spirit with certain gifts and abilities and that they are to use those gifts in order to bring the love of Christ to people in tangible ways. (1 Peter 4:10-11)
A Growing Church. Our Savior has been in the community since 1956 and has grown to over 1,000 members. We continue to grow both spiritually and in membership. (Acts 2:47)