What We Believe
At Lord and Savior Lutheran Church, we believe that the Bible is the true Word of God. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the pure Word of God found in the Bible that serves the basis for everything we do at Lord and Savior.
A Christ-Centered Church
- The chief message proclaimed in our church is "Christ crucified". We talk about the reason God's son died on the cross, namely to pay for our sins. We also talk about the blessings we receive because Jesus died in our place, which is God's free and fully forgiveness and the assurance of everlasting life.
A Bible-Based Church
- We believe and teach that the Bible is 100% true and accurate - the inspired words of God, not merely the words of men. As such, the Bible is clear, understandable, and powerful. All our teachings are based on the Bible, not on faulty human opinion, philosophy, or tradition.
A Gospel-Oriented Church
- It is vital that we share the Good News that Jesus rescued to the world. We strive to share that Gospel message with the people in our own community. We also support the world-wide mission efforts of our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Our synod currently supports more than 60 missionaries working in about 20 different countries. Our church body is also active in establishing new congregations all over the United States.
An Educational Church
- At Lord and Savior, we follow Jesus' command to "feed his lambs and his sheep". We stress Christian education for all ages. We have a Sunday school, Vacation Bible school, and a Lutheran preschool and Elementary School for students Pre-K through 8th grade. We also support Luther Preparatory School that is located in Watertown, WI. We also offer confirmation instruction for children and adults, and Bible Study for adults on multiple days during the week.
A Worshipping Church
- Worship is an important part of our congregational life. Worship is important to us because this is what God desires of his people. During worship, our Lord comes to us in his Word and Sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion) and announces his grace and mercy to us. He strengthens our faith in Christ and builds us up to live for Christ. In worship, we have the opportunity to join together and express our faith in Jesus. We sing and pray to God and we listen to him as he speaks to us from the Holy Scriptures. In worship we are communicating with the Lord.
There are hundreds of Christian denominations throughout the world. So what makes Lutherans different?
The Lutheran church was founded by the work of Dr. Martin Luther, a Catholic monk who lived in Germany in the early 16th century. Luther held a very high view of Scripture and searched it daily to see what God had to say in his Word. Throughout his study, he found that the things he had been taught were not Biblical. He found that salvation was not based on anything we do, but it is based entirely on the work of the triune God. The historic Lutheran church, therefore, believes and confesses that we are saved through faith.
We are a confessional Lutheran church. We use three creeds and six Lutheran confessions that explain how our teaching and practices agree with the Bible. We hold to these confessions because they faithfully set forth the Bible's teaching in its truth and purity.
3 Christian Creeds
- Apostle's Creed
- Nicene Creed
- Athanasian Creed
6 Lutheran Confessions
- Luther's Small Catechism
- Luther's Large Catechism
- The Augsburg Confession
- The Apology of the Augsburg Confession
- The Smalcald Articles
- The Formula of Concord