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Free Lutheran?

High View of Scripture. Congregation-driven.

The term "Lutheran" means different things to different people. To some it denotes a certain kind of service or structure in a congregation or in a church body. In recent years, decisions by one prominent Lutheran church body has caused people to think that Lutherans don't believe, teach or confess the Bible as the Word of God. That's particularly unfortunate, for Lutherans have been known for being "people of the Book," that is, the Bible. Most of the nearly forty Lutheran church bodies in the United States have a very high view of Scripture. These groups view God's Word as the source of life, not a rule book for life.

Why "Free" Lutheran?

The "free" part raises some questions. It refers to church polity (structure and authority), as our church body serves, rather than rules, each local congregation. You can read more about how this works in the Fundamental Principles and Rules for Work, documents that have guided our body since the founding of its predecessor in 1897. These documents guide the manner of our working together with like-minded congregations, and provide both congregational authority and responsibility. One great example of these principles is: "According to the Word of God, the congregation is the right form of the kingdom of God on earth."

We are a "People of the Book."

Along with other Christians, Living Word believes and confesses that the Holy Scripture, the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, are the Word of God, revealed for the salvation of men, and the only source for the faith, doctrine, and life of the congregation. We also hold to the three "ancient ecumenical creeds" as faithful expositions of Scripture.

Along with other Lutherans, Living Word subscribes to the Lutheran Confessions as faithful interpretations of Scripture. There are more to list, but Living Word subscribes expressly to Luther's Small Catechism and the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. These documents outline the content of our teaching, especially as it regards the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Word of God, the Sacraments (baptism and the Lord's Supper, or what some call "communion"), and the 10 Commandments.

Worship: Sundays at 8:00 & 10:45 AM | Christian Education: Sundays at 9:30 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

Scripture Reading Plan

Sep 20, 2014 - Daniel 10 ,  Daniel 11 ,  Daniel 12

Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man

10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.

2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for…

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