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Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Our History

Ebenezer Lutheran Church was given birth as a result of a spiritual revival over 100 years ago.  With souls gloriously saved and hearts set ablaze by the Holy Spirit, these "believers" established a new Lutheran Church, calling themselves 'Ebenezer".  Taken from 2 Samuel 7:12, Ebenezer means "stone of help".  Since 1898 this congregation has found God to be a stone of help, and have sought to be an Ebenezer to the world in which we live, chiefly by proclaiming in thought, word and deed the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Who We Are

*We are, first and foremost Christians.

*We are Lutheran.

*We are members of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) with home offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the AFLC

The AFLC is not a synod, but rather a "spiritual movement," whose effort is to achieve not a specific form of Church organization but a high quality of Christian life.

...it is a venture of faith, attempting to build an effective and orderly Christian fellowship with a minimum of human organization.

...it is a fellowship of independent Lutheran congregations bound together by the bonds of loyalty to a common cause and common tasks.

...it is a cooperative venture in building Lutheran congregations by means of a dominant emphasis upon a living and personal Christian experience.

Five Fundamental Principles

Seeking above all to be a spiritual movement, the AFLC:

*Recognizes the Bible as being inerrant and the authority in all areas of life;

* Recognizes that the teaching and preaching of God's Word is the main task of the Church, to be conducted in such a way that the saints are built up in the faith and unbelievers see their need for salvation;

*Believes that the congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth, with no authority above it but the Word and Spirit of God;

*Believes Christian unity is a spiritual concept;

* Believes that Christians are called to be salt and light in the world, separated from the ways of the world (Pietism), and that this difference is to be reflected in the life of the congregation as well as in institutions of the church body.

What We Confess, Believe and Teach

God - We teach that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:13).

Jesus Christ - We teach that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by his death on the cross has redeemed us (1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:15-20).

Salvation - We teach that Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior 9Acts 4:12), and the Gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5).  This salvation is the free gift of God ("grace") which is to be received by faith alone (Romans 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:8).  We teach that one can have the assurance and certainty of eternal life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13).

The Bible - We teach that the Bible, as a whole and in all its parts, is the divinely inspired, revealed, and inerrant Word of God, and is therefore the final authority in all matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 18:30; Isaiah 45:19; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18).

The Church - We teach that the congregation is the local body of Christ (Colossians 1:24), part of the one true Church (Romans 12:5) made up of all who believe in Christ as Lord.  To the building up of this body the Holy Spirit gives each member "gifts" which are to be used and exercised to the edification of the congregation and to the extension of God's Kingdom on earth 9 Ephesians 4:11-12; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31).

Worship - We teach that above all else; God seeks a people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). We are a congregation that teaches and represents a variety of practices and worship preferences, with the proclamation of the Word of God always being central.

Baptism and Holy Communion - We teach that Jesus instituted Holy Baptism ( Matthew 28:18-19) and Holy Communion (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25).   We teach that God truly acts in these sacraments, and that our faith is an essential part of the equation (Mark 16:16; 1 Corinthians 11:29; John 3:16).

The Return of Christ - We teach that Christ will return in power to judge the living and the dead (Matthew 25:31ff)

 We Are Here to Serve You!

Sunday Worship (with nursery) 11:00am

Sunday School (age 4 and up) 9:30am

Small Group Bible Studies

Youth Ministry (grades 7-12)

Confirmation Classes (grades 7-8)

Active Women's Organizations (monthly meetings)

Men's Group

Weekly Men's Bible Study Group

Prayer Chains and Prayer Ministry Teams

Service Groups (every member a part of)

Full Choirs (Adult and Youth)

Strong Missions Emphasis

 

You Are Invited!

If you are looking for a place of worship, fellowship, service, inspiration and spiritual help, we invite you to be a part of Ebenezer Lutheran Church - together we journey towards becoming:

 

A Worshiping Community - celebrating with joy a God who is rich in mercy and love toward us...

 

A Serving Community - responding to God's care for us, we care for others...

 

A Learning Community - growing towards a maturing life of grace and faith...

 

A Sharing Community - using our gifts and resources to bless others in need...

 

Questions?

Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have.  Contact Pastor Johnson at the office 587-5196 or at home 587-5614, or by email at [email protected]

 

Our Mission

To know Christ and make Him known...

 

For More Information please follow the link to our website:

www.ebenezer-lutheran.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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