For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
Those three statements are on the doors of our church and a daily reminder of who we are called to be as a community of faith gathered at Grace Lutheran Church. Our purpose is that these are not merely words on our door, but how we are living out our lives together and witnessing to the love of Jesus to those around us and fulfilling His call to make disciples.
A DISCIPLE IS ONE WHO IS:
We intentionally work at living these themes out in our church and individual lives. One way we live this out is encouraging each individual adult, each family and our congregation to have an adopted mission or “special relationship”.
Individuals: Members are encouraged to adopt a person outside the faith or de-churched, to befriend and have a relationship significant to change their life’s path. It may require time, finances, friendship and sacrifice. It should be a genuine caring relationship not patronizing or for the purpose of converting. The giver (you) will benefit more than the receiver. It is important to live as disciples not only as followers!
Families: Likewise we encourage a family to adopt another family in a genuine friendship. This friendship is outside the faith and not for the purpose of converting them, but for the purpose of serving and helping them change their life path. Perhaps you can help them acquire parenting skills, or encourage financial skills, or just show them a family life. It is important to live as disciples not only as followers.
Church: Every institution ought to have another institution to support and help. Grace has a number of mission projects; one project we are strongly involved with is our Sister Congregation in Levice, Slovakia. Each year we send folks there and receive visitors here to help them acquire the skills to grow the church in a post communism environment. We have recently supported a missionary to South Africa Aids Orphanage as well as our Synod & District. A minimum of 10% of our offerings goes to missions.
Lutherans believe in GRACE ALONE. Our works do not save us; it is God’s free gift. God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Lutherans believe in FAITH ALONE. The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of faith. By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Lutherans believe in SCRIPTURE ALONE. God’s Word is the only source of doctrine. The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Grace is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. If you would like to know more about what our church believes and teaches please visit the LCMS website at www.lcms.org.