Christians who make up the body of Christ have always gathered together; locally and globally. Our church belongs to a gathering of Christians called the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
Wisconsin is the place where this church body was founded. You don't have to be from Wisconsin to be a part of this church.
Evangelical means these churches are founded on the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Lutheran means that our church holds to the Biblical principles of
- Scripture Alone, What we mean by this is that the Bible is all true, inerrant and trustworthy. That all our teachings and faith are based on God's Word and not human tradition or opinion. That any questions or controversies we have–we go to the Lord for the answers.
- Faith Alone, That we are saved not by some cooperative effort between God and man but that he did it all. We are not saved by our own good deeds and actions and work. It is not like the university class where we get the grade we deserve. No, God gives us an A in Jesus and faith simply trusts that what God says is true since he doesn't lie!
- Grace Alone. Grace means undeserved love. Our salvation is 100% God saving us. He didn't save us because we had any worth or merit or were better looking morally or physically than anyone else. It is purely his mercy, his love that saves even though we don't deserve it. This is why we have confidence in our relationship with God–it's not based on what we do or what we are but what Jesus did for us on the cross!
Synod comes from the Greek, and has the idea of "walking together on the road."
As a group of Christians walking together, we can accomplish more for Jesus than we can alone.
Find a WELS congregation closer to you. Visit the WELS church locator.