Core Beliefs

Living Hope Church is a Bible-believing, Christ-centered church that is a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). The AFLC is headquartered in Plymouth, MN, and is an association of over 275 Lutheran churches located across the country and in Canada. Along with their headquarters, the AFLC has a Bible School and Seminary at their Plymouth location.

Building Relationships that Change Lives.
We, as members of Living Hope, are committed to allowing the Holy Spirit to knit us together in a cross-generational way that honors the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-21. We are committed, in the power of God’s grace, to allow God’s Word to mold and transform us into the congregation and individuals that the Triune God of creation desires (Ephesians 4:1-3). This encompasses both young and old and is accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God.

We, as a congregation, are also committed to declaring the excellencies of Christ to one another and to all in our community (1 Peter 2:8-9).  This is accomplished through a willingness to make ourselves available through strategic outreach and congregational events where evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand as God grows His Church both spiritually and physically. All this is steeped in and saturated with intentional, unified prayer, because apart from Christ, we can do nothing.

Our Mission

To be a unified body declaring the excellencies of Christ.

Our Vision

Living Hope is a congregation where the Word of God is fostering and nurturing an environment where evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand as we allow the Holy Spirit to empower and enable us to become all that God has called us to
be as a unified body of believers.

    1. The worship service is one where the Word of God is central and the salvation that Christ provided through His life, death and resurrection is declared with music, Scripture readings, liturgy and expository preaching. This is all accomplished through a cross-generational worship service where the congregation is actively involved, engaged and is given opportunities to respond in the power of God’s grace and apply the Living Word of God to their lives.

 

    1. The members of Living Hope are committed to allowing the Holy Spirit to knit them together in a cross-generational way that honors the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-21. We are also committed, in the power of God’s grace, to allow God’s Word to mold and transform us into the congregation and individuals that the Triune God of creation desires us to become. This encompasses both young and old and is accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the living Word of God. Transformed people are used by God to transform lives.

 

  1. The congregation is also committed to declaring the excellencies of Christ to one another, to our community and the world.  This is accomplished through a willingness to make ourselves available through strategic outreach and through congregational events where evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand as God grows His Church both spiritually and physically. All this is steeped in and saturated with intentional, unified prayer, because apart from Christ, we can do nothing.

Our Values

  • Personal and Corporate Worship
  • Evangelism / Discipleship
  • Leadership Development
  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ (locally and globally)
  • Biblical Relationships
  • Authenticity

Our Statement of Faith

We believe, confess and adhere to the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired, was without error in its original writing, and is the sole authority for faith and practice. It is the holy, and infallible Word of God revealed for the salvation of man.

We believe in ONE holy and Triune God who is revealed in three distinct persons; The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, yet these three are ONE! The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father or the Son, yet there is ONE holy and Triune God who has created the universe and everything in it and is clearly revealed through the person and work of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (John 1:18).

We believe that man, although created without sin, fell by Adam’s transgression so that all mankind is now sinful by state, disposition, and act, and justly under God’s condemnation.

We believe the only way of salvation for sinners is by grace through faith. Salvation was made possible by the substitutionary death and glorious resurrection of the Son of God. The gospel is the message that salvation is available through belief in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the need of all to accept the gospel by faith and all who do so receive all of the benefits of salvation.

We teach that the Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther’s Small Catechism are correct expositions of the Word of God.

What We Believe

Bible

The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

Jesus

Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again, and is at the right hand of God the Father as our advocate and mediator. Someday soon, He will return to consummate history and fulfill the eternal plan of God.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.

Life and death

Each person is born condemned in sin with an eternal soul. Life’s purpose is to be reconnected to God through His Son Jesus Christ’s completed work on the cross. Because of this Great Work, the believing soul now is promised a fulfilling life here on earth awaiting its final destiny in heaven. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.

Believers in Jesus Christ

All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.

Local Church

The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and authentic relationships with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission: reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.