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Who are we?
We sinners gathered by the Holy Spirit to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here you will find community with other sinners in having the burdens that weigh heavily on your heart and mind lifted by Jesus Christ who has promised to give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30, Acts 2:38-39)
What matters is already done
Jesus declared from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The mission of the Christian church is to proclaim the forgiveness of sins on account of Christ and him crucified (Luke 24:47), for where there is the forgiveness of sins there is new life in Christ and eternal salvation. This is what the church is and does. This is the Gospel. From the beginning of the service to the end, through the preaching of the word and sacraments, to the confession of the creeds, prayer, and congregational song, may you be comforted by repeatedly receiving God’s forgiveness for you throughout the service.
Who we are made to be
You are no longer defined by what you have done or left undone. As one who is forgiven and free in Christ (John 8:32), you are defined by a word of promise (Isaiah 43:1), hope, and forgiveness of Christ proclaimed for you. Come join us at Zion Lutheran Church where you will find a home filled with other forgiven sinners whose hope comes from Jesus Christ alone. “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
What are we to do?
In the matter of eternal life and salvation, it is already accomplished for you in Christ. What you do in this life is not for salvation but for the sake of your neighbor. When Jesus said, “Pick up your cross and follow me” (John 16:24) he meant just that. You do not fashion a cross of your own choosing, nor is it proper for the church or the falsely pious to imagine and impose a standard of the cross for you. Your cross is unique to you; it is to serve in your vocation as spouse, parent, child, sibling, neighbor, employer, employee, and citizen, knowing that you will always be less than perfect, yet confident that God forgives you and has called you and equipped you to serve and is pleased with you on account of Christ.
We believe, teach, and confess
The Ten Commandments
are given to reveal:
- What it is to have a God in whom we are given faith, and to whom we call in all times of joy and suffering.
- How it is that we are in relationship to one another, and how life is preserved in this world.
- That although we cannot and do not fulfill the commandments ourselves, Jesus Christ has fulfilled them in his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Faith in Christ alone fulfills the commandments.
The Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds
Since the early church, Christians have continually confessed the creeds. The creeds are confessions about what the Christian believes regarding the Holy Trinity, who is our Creator, who is our Savior, and how this faith is created and sustained in this world. Even in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, there is already a rudimentary creedal statement that he teaches (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The creeds were forged over many hundreds of years as Christians defended their faith in the face of heretics. Many false beliefs continue to be prevalent in our day, therefore we confess the Creeds publicly so the truth of God may be known.
The Lord’s Prayer
In this prayer, Jesus Christ teaches us all that we need to know for praying. We are given the name of the one to whom we are to pray, our Father in heaven. We are told that when praying to the Father in heaven, we should not be timid, but to “open our bags wide” asking and giving thanksgiving for all manner of bodily and spiritual needs, for He alone is the one from whom EVERYTHING we are and are given comes.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
In this sacrament, God makes an unthwartable promise to you. By the water together with the word, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one is made an heir of Christ and a member of the kingdom of heaven, forever. By this sacrament, God forgives sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting life. Nothing that you do or do not do can ever change his promise given in this sacrament where He claims a sinner of his own redeeming.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
In this sacrament, Jesus Christ’s body and blood are truly present with the bread and the wine. In this sacrament, all who hear and believe the words of Christ, “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” are made worthy to receive the sacrament.
The Office of the Keys
The office of the keys is that authority which Christ gave to his church to forgive the sins of those who repent and to declare unto those who do not repent that their sins are not forgiven. Therefore, while the binding key already exists in the world, all the baptized have also been given the freeing key to unlock the prison door for sinners and set them free by a simple absolution, “Jesus Christ forgives you all your sins.” The pastor is the local forgiveness person, called by the congregation to make sure Christ’s commission to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations actually arrives for you specifically.
What is LCMC?
The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ began in 2001 with 25 congregations and has grown to more than 900 today. With congregations all over the globe, LCMC seeks to “strengthen the churches that we have, and to plant the ones we don’t.”
LCMC is not a denomination, but a movement that views local churches as places where the community gathers to connect with God and other loving Christians. We value the rich deposit of faith that has been handed down through the witness of the generations who came before us, and view God’s word as the sole source and norm for faith. We welcome you to be joined with us in receiving this same promise given in Christ for your sake.