Our vision at OSL is to “Walk People into the Incredible Adventure of Following Jesus.” Our mission is to disciple disciples who disciple disciples until Jesus returns. Christ Jesus has called and equipped His church to pass the faith on to present and future generations. This is the exciting and challenging path God has set before us.
Mankind was created by God in His own image. God delights in giving gifts to His creatures, desiring that we look to Him for life, meaning, and purpose. But man, through disobedience and selfishness, chose not to trust God, which severed that relationship, plunging us all to separation from God. We cannot work our way back to God in our own efforts; we are truly lost and will surely die.
But God, who is rich in mercy, sent His Son Jesus, full of grace and truth, to rescue us and to bring us back into relationship with His Father. Where we could not make our way to Him, Jesus came to us, and it is only believing in Jesus, His life-giving message, His death, resurrection and ascension, and His promise to return, that we may once again have life in abundance.
Throughout the ages God has been calling and redeeming His church, the assembled saints who have been forgiven and made new. The church is called to live in this world according to God’s Word until Jesus comes and takes us home to be with Him. Our Savior Lutheran Church is a part of that amazing family, spanning the entire earth and stretching throughout the ages.
What We Believe
The Holy Bible is the revealed Word of God. The Bible was written by holy men of God over several centuries under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The Word of God is infallible and true, is without error or contradiction (2 Timothy 3:16), and is the sole source of all Christian doctrine and teaching (Ephesians 2:20).
The Bible tells us of the one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who existed from eternity past as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2b, Colossians 2:9), three persons but one essence in unity. God is inherently good and loving toward man (Ephesians 2:4-5), and cannot lie or deceive. He desires to show His love for His creation, and to be in fellowship with His creatures.
God fashioned everything out of nothing by the speaking forth of His Word (Genesis 1 & 2). He gives every living creature life and breath, and nothing can exist apart from His power and will. He holds all things together (Colossians 1:16-18).
As the crowning joy of His creation, God created man in His own image. In the beginning, man was content living in perfect and sinless submission to the God, enjoying complete intimacy with God and trusting Him for all things (Genesis 1).
Living By Faith
Just as man is reunited to God by His grace through faith, we are also to live by faith (Romans 1:17). We are to love God with all our soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30), and trust Him for all things.
The first man broke fellowship from God by disobeying Him, no longer trusting in God’s desire to sustain him in all things (Genesis 3). In this way sin entered the world, separating man from His Creator and building a wall between them which man cannot ever overcome by his own will or strength. In this fallen state man is now an enemy of God, unable even to renew fellowship with Him or even desire to do so (Ephesians 2:1-3).
Because of His great love, God did not allow man to remain in permanent separation from Him, but reached out in love by sending His Son, Jesus (John 3:16-18), to become man and to live the sinless and perfect life originally intended for man. Jesus revealed the essence of the Father to man, teaching all about the Father’s love. The world rejected Jesus, causing Him to suffer and be killed, and through this sacrifice Jesus would pay the penalty for sin that separates man and God. By believing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God renews man by His great grace through the forgiveness of sins, and all who believe are returned to fellowship with the Father. This is the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, and the only way to have fellowship with the Father (Romans 1:16).
The Means of Grace
Though we have been forgiven and made righteous through Christ’s deliverance, we still carry the human tendency to sin until death. Daily we are to confess our sin and receive God’s ongoing forgiveness (1 John 1:9). God continues to work in each of us, delivering us from our sin and making us righteous by coming to us through His Word and through the Sacraments. By these means of grace Jesus comes into our midst, and continues to draw us closer to the Father and to one another in fellowship, until the day of the Lord when He returns to bring us home to live with Him in perfect peace forever (Psalm 23:6b).
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And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." - Mark 16:15