WE are part of something BIG!

Resurrection Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the ELCA.  As a member of the National Expression of our Church - we partner with over 10,000 other congregations just like us to make a difference in our communities, our state, our nation and the world.


As a member of a national church body, ELCA congregations are centers for evangelical mission, where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through worship, discipleship and service. We are a church that belongs to Jesus - we follow Jesus.  As followers, we strive to look more and more like our master.  Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail but we always know that we can always rejoin the journey, refreshed and strengthened for the new day.


The ELCA is the national expression of the local congregation, it is where we come together to accomplish more than we could ever accomplish alone.  ELCA congregations support ministries like Lutheran World Relief, Malaria Initiative, Campus ministry, Outdoor ministries, Colleges & Universities, Public presence, Refugee support among many others.  These are made possible through the partnerships we share as members of the ELCA.


We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.

We Believe....

We confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching.  We trust the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.


Our teaching & theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares us to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

Luther and Lutheranism

Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome. A few years later, he was a junior faculty member at a new university in small-town Germany, intently studying the Scriptures, “captivated with an extraordinary ardor for understanding Paul in the Epistle to the Romans.” 


In these days Luther was tormented by the demand for righteousness before God. “I did not love, yes, I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners, and secretly, if not blasphemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God.” Then, in the midst of that struggle with God, the message of the Scriptures became clear, like a long-shut door opening wide. When he realized that a “merciful God justifies us by faith … I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.” 


What Luther discovered is the freedom of Christians trusting God’s mercy in Christ. As he later wrote, “Faith is God’s work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God. This faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly. Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.” 


This discovery set Luther’s life on a new course —both his own life and his public service as a preacher and teacher. When a church-endorsed sales team came to the Wittenberg area in October, 1517, Luther was concerned that the promotion and sale of indulgences undermined the promise of God’s unreserved mercy in Jesus and the faith that trusts that promise. His 95 Theses or Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences became the first of a life-long stream of books, sermons, letters, essays, even hymns in which he expressed his confidence in this life-giving promise from God, the Gospel, and its liberating implications for all of life in church and society. 

Scripture, Creed & COnfession

We share the ELCA’s official Confession of Faith which identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. Resurrection pastors, teachers and staff members promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. 


Our Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship we hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week we continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that we do because we trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

A commitment to Conversation

Resurrection is not a "top - down" community.  We exist as a community committed to conversation.  We know that we will not always agree with every single idea or theological concept - we also know that we don't need to.  What we strive for us unanimity not uniformity.  Theological conversation can be as simple as a shared cup of coffee talking about the Sunday "Take Home Tools" all the way to more formal biblical study.  We enjoy all types of conversation at RLC and invite you to become more involved in some type of weekly theological conversation.


Theology is a conversation. It involves speaking and listening, understanding and sharing what God means to us. In an our faith community, theological conversations serve the purpose of helping us to celebrate and center our lives on your three core convictions: Rejoice, Renew and Reach Out.  We want every aspect of our life (individual and corporate) to orbit the  good news in Jesus Christ that the Scriptures proclaim.   In other words, evangelical theological conversation serves the full and free expression of the good newx in the life of the world. 


Evangelical, Lutheran theology does several things. Participants in evangelical theological conversations attend to the goodness of the gospel message — the specific good that God does in Jesus Christ’s cross and resurrection. They also seek the language and actions that give the most winsome expression to this compassionate mercy and liberating hope. 


In these conversations many questions need attention and many viewpoints are helpful. All participants have something to contribute. The resources available in the Theological Conversations section invite you into this conversation that serves the gospel’s free course in the life of the world.

Teaching

The connection between our teaching to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have. 


We believe that the Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”