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About Us

What is a Lutheran?  What do Lutherans Believe?

Lutherans are Christians who believe that all Christian teachings should come from God’s Word, the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. This means that everything the Bible teaches is correct and true. We believe that it is only through the Bible that we can know the one true God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – and His will for our lives.

Lutherans believe in God’s grace.

All people are sinners and would perish eternally without God’s help. The good news is that God has provided all of this help as a free gift. God’s saving grace is His undeserved love for all people through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. God loves all people, of every nation and race equally. It is God the Father’s desire for all people to hear His Word, to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, as their only Savior, and therefore to have eternal life. Jesus lived a holy life in our place and died on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins. Through this completed work of Jesus, God the Father sees the whole world as not guilty, or justified. This teaching of “justification” is the central truth of the Bible.

Lutherans believe that faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for eternal salvation.

This faith in Jesus, who is both God and man, our Savior, comes only as God, the Holy Spirit, works through God’s Word and Baptism in a person’s heart. We believe we sinners cannot come to faith through our own power, but that our faith is accomplished only by the power of the Holy Spirit as He connects us to Jesus as the Savior.

Our particular Denomination is the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod).  We are a conservative group of Lutherans founded from Norwegian immigrants that came to America.  Find out more by going to .  

Want to know more?

The best way to learn more about Lutherans and Lutheranism is through a local church. We invite you contact your local ELS pastor, or call Pastor McQuality in Lincoln, IL. We are glad to tell you more!




It is our single purpose to be a Christian church which strives to proclaim 

the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, by which alone 
man can know the true God and the way to eternal life. This, our purpose and 
commitment rests, upon t he following statements of the Bible:

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All 
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. {19} Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: {20} Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world. Amen.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the 
only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none 
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

We disavow the position that the church as a body is to promote social and 
political causes and opinions of men. The individual Christian will indeed 
show the fruits of faith by his concern for social and political causes 
wherever they present themselves. Our right of existence as a church, 
however, is limited by our readiness to say with St. Paul that we are 
"... determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and 
him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an 
holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises 
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost 
his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for 
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are 
the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a 
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify 
your Father which is in heaven.


In our teaching and preaching we rely wholly upon the Bible, the canonical 
Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We regard this Book of Books as 
the Word of God, verbally inspired and wholly without error as written by 
holy men of God. We consider our mission to be that of communicating the 
words and message of this Book to those who will hear them; and we know of no 
other divine source of true doctrine and instruction in the way of salvation 
and in God-pleasing living.

We therefore reject as sacrilegious and destructive every effort by which the 
intellect or science of man would modify or set aside a single inspired word.
We deplore the wide-spread apostasy, now common even in former "conservative"
church bodies, which reduces the Bible to the status of a human document 
containing errors and myths.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished 
unto all good works.

John 10:35 ... and the Scripture cannot be broken;

Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he 
that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff 
to the wheat? saith the LORD.


Our purpose is fixed also by the knowledge and conviction that man is 
what the Bible says he is: Not a product of an evolutionary process which 
has brought him from brutish beginnings to more advanced stages of 
development, but a being distinct from the beasts. Created originally in 
the image of God, he is now without spiritual goodness, utterly depraved 
by reason of sin into which Adam fell. He is spiritually blind, dead, an 
enemy of God and doomed to eternal damnation, being incapable of redeeming 
himself by any means whatsoever.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image...  and, Genesis 5:3ff man lost the image of God

Genesis, Chapter 3.

Genesis 6:5 ...for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his 

Psalms 14:2-3 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, 
to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all 
gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth 
good, no, not one.

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother 
conceive me.

Ephesians 2:3 ...we all ... were by nature the children of wrath, even as 

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not 
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Indeed, the God of grace Himself is unknown and hidden to this human race, 
and can be found by man only in and through the revelation graciously 
provided in the Bible. Without exception the gods of the nations are idols 
that cannot hear, see or save.

In the darkness of their wicked hearts men, left to themselves, have 
"worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator." "Professing 
themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the 
uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, 
and four-footed beasts, and creeping things." (Romans 1:22-25). 
This describes not only the gods of the pagans, but those professed by all 
unchristian organizations and in many churches as well, some of which have 
abandoned the tenets of their historic faith.


We confess and worship the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, revealed 
in his Word and in the Person of the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. In this 
Triune God we find and declare the source and promise of salvation:


In the Father who as Creator and Preserver loved the world perishing in its 
sins, and from eternity planned salvation for mankind through and with His Son.


In the Son, true God and true Man, who by His coming into our flesh, His life 
of perfect obedience and His suffering upon the cross in our place and stead 
atoned for the sins of the world, removed all guilt, reconciled men to God 
and was raised again from the dead for their justification. We believe that 
by virtue of His sacrifice and His perfect obedience all men have been 
declared righteous by God; and this righteousness we proclaim and offer to men 
by the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 5:19-21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the 
world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath 
committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors 
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's 
stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, 
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


And in the Holy Ghost , "the Lord and Giver of Life," whose gracious work it 
is to enlighten the dark, ignorant hearts of men by means of the revealed 
Gospel of salvation, creating saving faith and conferring the comfort of the 
forgiveness of sin. A Christian is the result of this creative act which 
Scripture calls regeneration, a new birth. By the faith thus wrought the 
sinner receives and accepts the blessing of his justification, thus enjoying 
the salvation prepared for him in Christ.

In his own nature, by his own strength of mind or will, man can do nothing 
except resist and reject the life-giving Gospel. He cannot by his own power 
"decide for Christ." As believers are told by St. Paul in reviewing their 
state before regeneration: " And you hath he quickened, who were dead in 
trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1), so we recognize in no man a previous "
good disposition toward the Gospel," or an "inclination toward Christ," which 
is not wrought by the Holy Ghost through the Gospel.

In regenerated hearts the Holy Spirit dwells, sanctifying them day by day, 
moving them to live before God as His children according to His revealed 
Will, teaching them to crucify the fleshly urges of sin which still cling to 
them in this life.

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love 
wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us 
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that 
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto 
good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


We teach that the Holy Ghost gathers the Holy Christian Church, which in its 
ultimate fullness consists of all who by God's mercy, and according to His 
own purpose and grace, were from eternity ordained unto eternal life.

The Church's unifying factor is "the one true faith;" but human eyes cannot 
discern faith, which is in the heart, and for us the very existence of the 
Church is thus an article of faith. The Church, therefore, cannot be 
identified with any specific organization or church body, nor can we 
recognize or identify its individual members by their faith. For this reason 
we have historically spoken of the Church as " invisible."

Nevertheless the presence of the Church can be determined by its marks. For 
since the Holy Spirit gathers its members by the Gospel, we must and may 
assume that true believers are present wherever the Gospel in Word and 
Sacrament is in use.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it 
shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I 
please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and 
glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal 
life believed.

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having 
this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that 
nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in 
Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the 
world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love Having 
predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, 
according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of 
his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.


We are confident that there are many who, though they do not now openly share 
with us the profession of the true faith, being yet partly uninformed or weak 
in understanding, are nevertheless at heart members of the flock of the Good 
Shepherd, Jesus Christ. (John 10:14-16.)

We are also fully aware that in our own visible fellowship there may be such 
who, despite their outward profession, are not of Christ, but are hypocrites 
and unbelievers. Jesus said to His disciples: " Jesus answered them, Have not 
I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" (John 6:70.) It will not 
be otherwise in our day.

Yet in our exercise of external, visible fellowship of worship and joint 
church work we are guided by clear and sure directives of God's holy Word. We 
cannot recognize our brethren on earth by the faith of their hearts; for these 
are not open to our view. Instead, by the mercy and grace of God we are 
permitted to fellowship with those, but those only, who in their confession 
and life bow to the rule of the divine Word.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he (God) is in the light, we 
have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son 
cleanseth us from all sin.

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no 
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same 
mind and in the same judgment.

Romans 15:5-6 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be 
like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with 
one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 . . . what fellowship hath righteousness with 
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with dark ness?. . . 
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate . . .

Ephesians 5:6-7 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of 
these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

2 John 1:10-11 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine 
(the doctrine of Christ), receive him not into your house, neither bid 
him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil 

Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause 
divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; 
and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, 
but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the 
hearts of the simple.

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye . . .

Acts 19:1-7

In our practice, therefore:

1. We hold that the name "Christian" is applied improperly to such persons 
who, by word of mouth or in their writings, expressly or by implication 
reject the blood-bought salvation of Jesus Christ and the Means of 
Grace, or impenitently persist in ungodly living.

2. We limit all forms of the exercise of fellowship relations, by which we 
acknowledge and treat one another as confessional brethren, to those 
professing Christians who meet the scriptural requirement of complete 
agreement in doctrine and life and do not by word or act reject any part 
of the pure doctrine of God's Word.

3. While we avoid all who preach, teach or advocate error, we gladly receive 
those who, though weak in understanding and as yet in part uninformed, 
profess faith in their Savior and gladly hear, learn and receive the 
Truth, continuing therein and renouncing all error.

4. We are indeed edified and heartened by every testimony, written or spoken,
which truly confesses, teaches, preaches and glorifies the Gospel of 
Christ. But we reject and condemn the false ecumenism which would 
require us to make common cause in worship and church work with those who, 
while claiming the Christian name, or even the Lutheran name, publicly 
adhere to that which contradicts God's clear Word in whole or in part. We 
equally condemn separatism -- that is, a schismatic withdrawal from 
others for a reason or purpose not in accord with God's revealed Will.

5. We do not deny, but joyfully acknowledge that the Lord knows His elect, 
even though some are unwitting captives in false-teaching churches where, 
by their membership, they are partaking of a confession of error and are 
subjected to grave spiritual danger. We pray that all who now truly 
believe may persevere in that faith to the end and thus obtain 
everlasting life.


That men might attain to His salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the 
glorious ministry of the Gospel by which the Holy Ghost is pleased to call, 
gather, enlighten and keep the whole Christian Church on earth. To this 
ministry He has called everyone who truly believes in Christ, and for its 
purposes enables Christians to establish congregations as well as other groups,
sometimes called synods, on the basis of a Scriptural confession.

Within such groups, large or small, believers are privileged to set up the 
public proclamation and teaching of the saving Word by human instruments which
God himself supplies. These instruments are those Christians chosen and 
prepared by Him to act in His behalf as well as in behalf of their brethren as 
administrators of the Grace of God.

Their function we call the Public Ministry. It is staffed by those whom Christ 
gives to His Church and who are properly called by the Church for the work. 
Pastors and teachers of the Word are thus occupying a divinely instituted 
office and their specific area of work is determined and defined by their 
respective Calls in which the assignment given to each by the calling as-
sembly is spelled out. In this service there is no distinction of rank and 
power. But there is a diversity of gifts and responsibilities. Eligibility for 
a Call to the Public Ministry is determined by the directives of God's Word 
(1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Timothy 2:11-12).

We further believe that, when such called ministers of Christ, in accordance 
with their respective Call, deal with us by Christ's command, He speaks 
through them, and in them we obey Him.

Ephesians 4:8-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, 
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the 
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of 
Christ . . .

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit 
yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable 
for you.


The Sacrament of Holy Baptism which is administered among us as a part of the 
Gospel ministry we regard as a washing of regeneration, having power by means 
of the Word connected therewith to work faith and thus to confer all the 
blessings of Christ upon young or old. We regard infant baptism as clearly 
implied, both in the Savior's command to baptize all nations and in the 
promise of Peter that baptism has power to save all who are lost by reason of 
inherited and actual sin (" . . . baptism doth also now save us . . ."
1 Peter 3:21).

While the mode of baptism is nowhere prescribed, we regard baptism as valid 
only when performed in accordance with Christ's institution.

The Sacrament of the Altar, or Holy Communion, is administered in our churches
as it was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ, with the body and blood of 
Christ being really present in the eating and drinking. We believe that this 
Sacrament, like Baptism, is a Means of Grace, imparting , as Scripture teaches,
the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.

We seek to administer this Sacrament to those only for whom it was intended, 
namely, to penitent sinners who desire to confess and live according to God's 
Word. We therefore practice what is known as close communion, with attendance 
at the Lord's Table restricted to such who have properly signified their 
intention to commune and are able to examine themselves. In observing these 
procedures we indicate our respect for the Holy Supper as a precious gift for 
our souls, worthy of frequent and sanctified use by all communicants. In this 
we are governed by the inspired counsel of the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 


We know, believe and teach that the world as it now exists will not endure. 
The ills of man and his civilization are rooted in unbelief and sin, because 
of which things "cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience" 
(Ephesians 5:6). There is no hope of cure save in a turning to the Lord Jesus 
Christ and His Way. The world as such has consistently rejected this course, 
and always will.

Therefore, while as individual Christians and citizens we must be actively 
concerned with serving as a salt and a light in the affairs of men, and while 
as a church we shall lift up holy hands in prayer for the good of all men, we 
have no illusions as to the final outcome of events and preach no false, 
millennialistic hopes. Rather, we direct men to the future city of God, not 
made with hands, eternal in the heavens, and bid them wait for, and look to, 
the glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ in His second Coming to judge 
the quick and the dead.

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, 
deceiving, and being deceived.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the 
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; 
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the 
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that 
are therein shall be burned up.


As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, these things, together with all other truths of Holy Scripture as set forth also in the Lutheran symbols of the Book of Concord of 1580 A.D., we believe and desire to confess by word and deed before the Triune God and all men. We earnestly desire to share our rich blessings, and thus extend a welcome to

ALL who are in distress of mind and heart because of their guilt and 
condemnation in the sight of Almighty God and seek the pardon and comfort 
which only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can confer;

ALL who are bewildered by the confusion of many voices offering the theories 
of human wisdom in the name of religion, and who desire to hear the Voice 
of the Good Shepherd whom God raised from the dead; whereof we are 

ALL who, though members of Christian churches, have come to fear or to know 
that their churches have departed from the truth of Holy Scripture, who 
therefore long for the old paths and the good way (Jeremiah 6:16);

ALL who have strayed from the blessed pledge of their Baptism and desire to 
be restored to the Bishop of their souls.


Why do you call yourself a "Lutheran" instead of just a "Christian" Church?

Imagine if every Church dropped their denominational name and simply called themselves just "______ Christian Church".  No more "St. Mary's Catholic Church"; no more "First Prebyterian"; no more "Trinity Baptist; no more "Grace Lutheran"; no more Cross Point Non-Denominational Church; no more "Lincoln Church of Christ"etc.  Ideally, this would be great to just be called "Christian".  However, erasing a denominational/non-denominational name doesn't erase theological differences between Churches.  Rather, the names can help us understand the beliefs of a Church

The term "Lutheran" was actually an insult that people called Martin Luther and others who believed with him that the Bible is the Word of God, and that we are save by grace, through faith, in Jesus Christ alone.  After Luther and other believers were excommunicated by the Catholic Church, the name that was meant to be an insult, stuck.

Our Denomination is the ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod).  We are a conservative group of Lutherans founded from Norwegian immigrants that came to America.  For more info about the ELS click .  We are in partnership with the WELS (Wisconsin Lutheran Synod), and if you are a conservative LCMS (Missouri Synod Lutheran), you will be very much at home at our Church.