Eternal life: A gift not earned or deserved by any man, but lovingly given by God through Jesus. A man named Paul, one of the first followers of Jesus, wrote this in a letter to Rome: The gift of God is eternal life (Rom. 6:23).
People: God’s creation, the crown of his created things. The first man and woman rebelled against God and in doing so broke a perfect relationship, creating a chasm that no person could ever cross on their own. (Genesis 3)
God: The creator of the universe is both loving and just he wants to build a relationship with us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to make this happen. (Genesis 1, John 3:16, Isaiah 53)
Jesus: Jesus lived a perfect life and died so that the relationship we damaged with God through our own misdeeds and bad thoughts might be restored. (John 1, Gal. 5:1)
The Cross: The implement by which Jesus died. He hung on this torture device and endured agony and pain. Leading to death for actions He did not do. He died so that we might have eternal life. (Matthew 27:32-54, John 19:17-30)
The Resurrection: Jesus did not stay dead. He rose from the dead after three days on a Sunday (this is why we get together on Sunday mornings), proving that His death was acceptable to God, and making a way for others to follow Him into a new life. (John 20, Matthew 28, Mark 16)
Faith: New life is received by faith. As was said above, we cannot earn or deserve what Jesus did. We can only trust Him and the eyewitness testimony about Him. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Enacting What We Believe
Lord of Life Lutheran Church is a community that is trying to follow Jesus as best we can each and every day.
We do this because we’ve been called by Jesus to do that very thing, and in calling us, He has given us life. One of the witnesses of Jesus’ life, a man named John, heard Jesus say these words and wrote them down as a witness:
“I have come that they may have life.” -John 10:10.
That, in a nutshell, is why we follow Jesus. He’s given our lives meaning and purpose. He’s transformed us into people who have hope and he is providing his guidance into a future that is unknown.
Following Jesus is an adventure. He makes people His own and then asks them to continue living life in His service. Following Jesus doesn’t give us an easier time, but following Him does give us purpose and meaning and hope. He never lets us down, and He won’t ever leave us. That’s part of the beauty of following Jesus.
Sharing His Love
At Lord of Life, we recognize that we have been given an incredible gift: a new start. We didn’t do anything to earn or deserve it. But we do have a responsibility that goes along with that new way of living: sharing the love we were shown and are shown with those around us.
In the Community
Community is where we get to show that love. Love for the natural world, love for our fellow human beings. We get to do this because that’s a small part of what being a part of the kingdom of God looks like.