WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LUTHERAN?
Who are the Lutherans?
Today, there are 66 million Lutherans belonging to 250 different Lutheran denominations around the world. The largest numbers of Lutherans are found in Germany, the place where the Reformation took place during the early part of the 16th century. Lutheran church membership in the U.S. and Canada totaled 7.6 million in 2010. The largest of these at 4.8 million is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), with 2.2 million members, ranks as the second largest Lutheran church body in North America and the 8th largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) has 400,000 members and is the third largest Lutheran Church in the United States. The other main Lutheran churches in the U.S. are Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC), The American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC), Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) and the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC).
What is the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod?
On April 26, 1847, 12 pastors representing 15 congregations signed a constitution that established "The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States." Today, it is called The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Faith Lutheran Church is one of 6,150 congregations served by more than 6,400 active clergy.
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being "Lutheran," our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. These teachings are found in The Book of Concord. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone.
Grace Alone - God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith Alone - By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Scripture Alone - The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Who is Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka?
Our mission ... "Grow in Faith and Share Christ's Love"
Our vision ... Faith congregation will spiritually equip all generations for Christ’s ministry, innovatively sharing Christ’s love with everyone, that we grow in faith together.
Implementation ... Developing servant leaders in our congregation through Faith-talk, Prayer, Word of God, and Service. These are discipleship skills for all of life, in any station and season. Through relational worship, service and study, we can grow in our faith. It's all about relationships! We cannot grow without a relationship with God and with others.
How to become a member of Faith Lutheran Church?
Are you new to the Lutheran version of Christianity? If you are, plan on coming to our Doorway to Faith course offered at various times of the year. Doorway explores the basic teachings of Christianity from a Lutheran perspective. This is a no strings attached class – if you go through this and do not want to become a member, that’s okay. Thanks for joining us for the journey. If after completing the class you decide you are ready to make the next step toward membership, plan on attending an Orientation class to learn more ways to get connected here.
The next Doorway to Faith new member session has not been set. The 6-week class explores our Lutheran faith using a video and discussion curriculum entitled, "God Connects." Led by a pastor. Contact the church office for more information.
Transferring from another Lutheran congregation? If you are a member of a Lutheran church in Topeka, contact your current church to transfer membership. Out-of-town membership transfers may be requested directly by you or by Faith Lutheran Church with your request.