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Our Beliefs

 

Scriptural - God says what He means and means what He says

Evangelical - the good news of Christ crucified and risen saves

Confessional - statements of faith define and declare beliefs

Missional - the purpose of the church is to make disciples

Ministerial - everyone has a gift to use in the Lord's service

Charitable - Jesus' love motivates sharing with our neighbors

Traditional - social values are determined by time-tested truth

Liturgical - worship offers variety following a user-friendly format

Educational - Bible study is necessary to grow at every age

Devotional - personal prayer and meditation are powerful

Musical - from classical to contemporary praise glorifies

WE ARE - -

  • Scriptural - God says what He means and means what He says
  • Evangelical - the good news of Christ crucified and risen saves
  • Confessional - statements of faith define and declare beliefs
  • Missional - the purpose of the church is to make disciples
  • Ministerial - everyone has a gift to use in the Lord's service
  • Charitable - Jesus' love motivates sharing with our neighbors
  • Traditional - family values are determined by time-tested truth
  • Liturgical - worship offers variety following a user-friendly format
  • Educational - Bible study is necessary to grow at every age
  • Devotional - personal prayer and meditation are powerful
  • Musical - from classical to contemporary praise glorifies God

 

 

Distinctive Positions:

 

Why another Lutheran Church in Mankato? 

 

Resurrection Lutheran Church is a member of a new denomination, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), which was formed by faithful Christians who were concerned about the loss of Biblical authority in their churches.  They have been joined nationally by thousands of centrist Lutherans who are dedicated to keeping Christ as the focus of our ministry and the purpose of our mission on the basis of the sure Word of God. 

 

With professing Christians over the centuries we not only subscribe to the ecumenical creeds (particularly the Apostles and Nicene), but also we treasure the Lutheran principles of Christ alone, Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.  We recognize the centrality of Christ in the Bible, concealed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament, as the only Savior God has given for the world.  We are amazed by the undeserved grace God has shown to us in sending His own begotten Son to die for the sins of human beings and to rise for the assurance of forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe.  We appreciate the fact that people are justified solely by faith in Christ apart from their own good works, even while we expect fruits of faith to be evident in transformed lives.  We declare that the sacred writings preserved in the Bible are the inspired words of God, and thus the primary and ultimate authority for faith and life.  God’s message comes to us as law and gospel, which need to be carefully distinguished.  The means of grace are the Word and Sacraments (Baptism and Communion).  The Lutheran Confessions in the Book of Concord help us to understand the Word of God properly and systematically.    

 

Therefore, our morality is determined by Holy Scripture, not political correctness.  We uphold the basic building block of the family as comprised of a father and a mother, who are committed to each other in wedlock as husband and wife, and who receive the blessing of children to be nurtured in the ways of the Lord.  Thus we believe that unborn babies are persons created by God to be valued and protected.  Adoption, not abortion, is the option for parents unable to keep a child (except in the rare case when the mother’s life would be threatened by normal delivery).  Homosexuality is contrary to God’s design of male and female; consequently, we believe same-sex unions are unnatural and we support marriage between one man and one woman.  In love we will speak these truths to our society even as we all struggle with sinful behavior of various kinds and need the cleansing Spirit of Christ.

 

In addition, we believe the church, comprised of sinners who are at the same time regarded as saints in Christ, is a fellowship of believers who worship and pray together gathered around the gospel in word and sacrament.  Baptism is God's way of adopting us into His family.  Through the washing of water with the Word, He puts His name on us and empowers us to live with and for Christ everyday of our lives.  Infants and adults need this new birth, so we baptize people regardless of age.  Also, the Lord’s Supper is served to Christians who repent of their sins, believe in Jesus as their Savior, affirm the presence of His body and blood with and in the bread and cup, and seek to amend their sinful lives by the help of the Holy Spirit. Communion is a precious opportunity to discern the Body of Christ.  It’s meant to unite, not to divide.  Our practice is to welcome baptized youngsters 5th grade and older who have been trained in this understanding of the Sacrament of the Altar. 

 

Furthermore, in the church the Spirit of God has gifted Christians for a variety of service including leadership positions, regardless of gender.  As a result, the office of public ministry is open to men and women who have been equipped by their training, recommended by their confession of faith, and certified by the divine call of a local congregation.  The mind of Christ will lead them to serve humbly as faithful stewards of the Word of God.

 

No particular organizational model has been commanded for the church in the New Testament; therefore, LCMC is an association of independent congregations who are free in Christ but accountable to one another to accomplish the tasks given to Christians by the Lord of the Church.  Although not synodical in structure, districts of kindred congregations are being constituted to foster joint ministries that cannot be done as well alone.  For example, providing seminary instruction, publishing educational and worship materials, establishing foreign and domestic missions are being coordinated and encouraged by a number of elected and appointed boards selected from clergy and laity.  Theological integrity is a high priority.  For this reason our church has joined the Augustana District of LCMC congregations located primarily in the upper Midwest.        

 

These points of emphasis, we believe, place Resurrection Lutheran Church in the mainstream of historical Christian orthodoxy that is still relevant and much needed for such a time as this.  While confusion reigns in the post-Christian generation, we want to provide a solid foundation for instructing children and adults alike in the tried and true teachings of Holy Scripture.  That’s why we’re “the new kids on the block” in Mankato.

 

 

We invite you to learn more about us and we look forward to serving you.