The full name of our congregation is Living Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church.
We call ourselves Living Hope because of what God says in the New Testament book of 1 Peter: In his great mercy God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you. Because Jesus rose from the dead we have God’s guarantee of eternal life in heaven. Peace with God isn’t wishing thinking; it’s fact. Heaven isn't a pie-in-the-sky kind of "maybe"; it’s a sure thing—a living hope.
We call ourselves Evangelical because we preach the good news of salvation from Jesus Christ. Evangelical comes from the Greek word that means good news. During the time of the Reformation, Lutherans were criticized for emphasizing the good news about Jesus and thus were derisively labeled “evangelical.” Since God saves through the gospel, Lutherans considered the title an honor and decided to keep it.
We call ourselves Lutheran because we follow in the theological footsteps of Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic theological professor in the sixteenth century. The more he studied God’s Word, the more he came to realize that what the Roman Catholic Church was teaching about salvation was false. The church taught that salvation ultimately comes from what the sinner does for God. The Bible, however, teaches that salvation comes only from what God has done for the sinner. What Luther discovered in God’s Word quickly began to spread through Europe and sparked the Lutheran Reformation.
We don’t worship Martin Luther. Rather, we hold to the biblical truths that were rediscovered during the Lutheran Reformation: that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, revealed to us through Scripture alone.
We call ourselves Church because we are people who believe in Jesus. That’s what the word “church” means. Our church isn’t just a building. It’s people. It’s a family of believers. Different backgrounds. Different ages. No two of us exactly the same. But we are united in one family as God’s children through faith in Jesus.