What We Believe

Welcome to a Community of Life and Hope!

Who We Are

Faith Lutheran is a community that is connecting people to Jesus! We honor God's call when, as a community, we walk alongside of you as you experience God's love and forgiveness. It is our desire that you learn to fear, love and trust in the God who made you and has great things planned for you. Living and working together in faith builds community. Gathered around God's Word, we learn that we are called to be a people of hope and agents of transformation in our community. Our goal is not to get people to just "come" to church, but rather to BE the church in their daily lives.

Faith Lutheran's worship services (Sunday 8:20 am and 11:00 am) bring God's Word alive through music, praise, forgiveness, annointing with oil and prayer. Faith Lutheran equips us to share the good news of Jesus. We are a hospital for sinners rather than a country club of saints. In this community it is safe to wrestle, struggle and even doubt.

"Don't just go to church. Be the church."

We hold dear that being a Christ follower is more than attending a worship service once a week. We celebrate that this important gathering is what prepares us to worship God in everything we do, every day of the week.

Baptism

Baptism is a washing, a sacred act commanded by Jesus Himself. It is God’s gift to us that brings us into His family as His adopted children. When we obey Jesus’ command to baptize, God extends His grace in many ways. The baptized person begins a new relationship with God, receives forgiveness of sins and is blessed with gifts of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is God at work in human lives! It’s primarily about grace, not faith. Baptism is given to us in God’s name, we do not give it to ourselves. It is not the sign of our response to God, it is the sign and seal of what God has done for us. By the power and working of the Holy Spirit, we learn to live out our baptism everyday and in everything we do! Baptism rests upon Scripture. When God’s Word of promise and salvation is spoken at baptism, ordinary water becomes a means of grace to sinners. God uses ordinary water to do something most extraordinary: call us to be His people, invite us into His family and live in His eternal promises! Baptism is not a "get it done" experience, it is a "now we have begun" reality. Baptism is God's daily calling for us to live out the faith and life He has entrusted to us.

Communion

The Lord's supper is effective–it does something. This is strange language to most of us. We understand how we do something, take the bread and break it and the cup and drink it, but we may not see how God does anything. We do not come to the table to learn something with just our minds: we come to meet God. God and people meet here and something happens. Here we touch eternity. Here God gives love, forgiveness, acceptance and we receive. He acts, and we adore. In prayer we go to God. In the Lord's Supper he comes to us. We are not learning something, or remembering something, but doing something–we are meeting God.

In this marvelous meal Jesus says to us, "This is my body. This cup is the New Covenant in my blood." Remember that these are His promises delivered to you! As we receive His presence we find that He is able to do for us all that his disciples found He could do for them. He brings forgiveness to us, and he renews us; he teaches us what his will is what we should do, and he makes us strong to do it; he heals the wounds and comforts the sorrows of our life: he brings us back to our Father and gives us our place again in our Father's house.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the activator of our faith! We affirm the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his gifts as God's empowerment to his people until Jesus returns (Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 2:17; 1 Cor. 1:5-7; 13:8-9). The Holy Spirit not only works to bring us to faith in Christ but also preserves us in the faith, gives the office of the ministry and empowers and guides his people through a variety of ways, at his initiative and disposal, including gifts of the Spirit for mission and ministry (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:1-11, 18, 28; Rom. 12:4-8). We affirm that it is "our Lord's will that the diversities of gifts should be for the common profit." (1 Cor. 12:4-31)

We affirm that God making us holy (sanctification) is a work of God, received by faith. It is a process and series of experiences in the life of the believer in and through which God works by His Word and Spirit to restore His image in the life of the believer (2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:24). Sanctification follows justification (that by God's grace we are saved) and is not complete until Christ's return. Therefore, continual Christian growth through the Spirit is to be sought and desired by every Christian (Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-25; Eph. 4:11-16; Phil. 3:12-16; 2 Pet. 1:5-11; Heb. 6:1-3).

Lutheran = Grace

Lutherans trace their roots back to the sixteenth century when Martin Luther, an Augustinian Roman Catholic monk, challenged some of the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1517 Luther attached ninety-five theses (or propositions) to the front door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany. Luther's bold actions were the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation throughout Europe. In many recent surveys celebrating the new millennium, Luther has been chosen as one of the most influential thinkers and leaders of the last thousand years.

Luther initially wanted the Roman Catholic Church to reform itself from within, but after several tumultuous years of heated debates, the "reformers" decided it was time to start a new church denomination. Luther wanted this new denomination to be called the Evangelical (“Good News”) Church, but over time, Lutheran became the common name for the denomination.

If you were to boil down Lutheran beliefs to one word, a strong candidate for that word would be grace. Grace is a word that describes God's unconditional and steadfast love. If mercy is not getting what you deserve (punishment), then grace is getting what you don't deserve (love and forgiveness). This grace is shown in countless ways, but most clearly of all in the good news that we are freely saved through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The mission of this church body, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is: In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.

GIFTS = Growing in Faith Through Service

At Faith Lutheran we believe God works in and through us. God grows our faith as we serve others. As we move deeper into service, we discover how the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit equip us for worship in all that we do! Even before becoming members, many people desire to find a way to serve at Faith Lutheran and/or in the greater community. This is a great way to be a blessing while connecting with others in the process. We would love to help you consider the abilities, skills and heart God has placed in you, and how to use those abilities in reaching out to others. We can also guide you in exploring your unique spiritual gifts.

For more information contact Pastor Cory Rajek at seniorpastor@faithluth.com, Pastor Joshua Baumann at joshua@faithluth.com, or call 605-224-2216 to reach these pastors.

Grace, Faith & the Word

The Three "Alones"

The foundation of the Lutheran Christian Faith is found in three short, but meaningful phrases:

"Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Word Alone"

The first two of these thoughts come from Ephesians 2:8-9: “for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” We believe that salvation and eternal life come to us solely as a gift from God because of His grace and love for us. It is totally undeserved by us. It is all God’s doing. Faith, which enables us to receive this gift and trust in it, is also a gift from God. To this, “Word Alone” is added, for it is through the revelation of God to us through His Word that faith is created to receive this gift. Human wisdom or knowledge apart from God’s Word may serve the purposes of God, but must never be the basis for our lives. God’s Word is the foundation of what we believe and what we do.

The LCMS Today

Today, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in nearly 90 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster response. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide.