Mountain View Lutheran Church
Mountain View is a church of caring Christians who enjoy working together to expand the Kingdom of God in our individual lives and the life of our communities. We take Jesus' words seriously when he commanded us "to make disciples of all nations." We're a multi-generational church. The kids keep our energy level high. The years of experience our grandparents provide help us take the long view. We're a multi-racial church welcoming people of all ethnic backgrounds.
As a Lutheran church, we're part of the larger Lutheran body through The American Association of Lutheran Churches (TAALC), a Bible-based and confessional denomination.
The Bible is the inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Because it is "God-breathed," it is God's infallible guide for our faith and life.
The ancient confessions - the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds - are trustworthy summaries of the Christian faith.
Tthe Lutheran Confessions are a true explanation of the Bible's message.
The central message of the Bible is the good news that "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
We accept the acts of Baptism and Communion, not as mere symbols, but as the supernatural working of God to forgive our sins and empower our lives for service to others.
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Every culture has a set of sayings or mantras that reflect its values. National cultures do, ethnic cultures do, sub-cultures do. What the culture believes is embodied in a slogan or motto. When it comes to religion, American culture has a number of slogans. Have you heard any of these?
"Everyone has to decide for himself what is right or wrong, true or false."
"It is important to teach tolerance for other beliefs."
"All religions teach pretty much the same thing."
"God, Jehovah, Jesus, Allah; They're all different names for the same God."
Those who are old enough to have seen it will remember Linus' immortal words, "It doesn't matter what you believe, just as long as you're sincere." We disagree. "Sincerity" only describes how much we believe something. "Sincerity" describes the believer, not whether the belief is true or not. Whether or not something is true is far more important.
What a person believes determines three essential things:
Our relationship with God.
Our relationship with one another.
What happens when this life is over.
The theory of evolution aside for the moment, all Christians assert that the universe is not eternal, but is a creation of God. God exists outside of time and space, and is the Creator of all things, including the human race. Christians assert that people have a unique relationship with God that is not shared by the rest of creation. The human race was created in the image of God. This is not a physical, but a spiritual image. We are created in God's image in order that we would have a relationship with him. For Christians, the implication is clear: the most important thing in life is knowing, loving, and serving God. Jesus said that those who want a relationship with God must come through him. There's no other way. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me." But while he makes himself the exclusive way to relationship with God, he also invites everyone to come through faith in him. He said, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
Christians acknowledge that, as Creator, God alone has the right to determine right and wrong; truth and falsehood. Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to love our enemies is unparalleled among world religions in their teaching of how we should relate to one another. The fact that we - Christians and non-Christians alike - fail to fulfill this command is a testament to its divine origin. Human law can only mandate behavior, not attitude. God mandates love as the motivation for our behavior. Those who do not live toward others out of this motive can only appeal to "tolerance" in interpersonal relationships. Jesus commands that we love others in the same way he has loved us. Love is concerned about the needs and interests of others, particularly those who are weak. Jesus said, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Without realizing it, much of American culture has adopted a pre-Christian pagan beliefs about life and death. Death is viewed by many as merely the transition from a physical life to a purely spiritual life in which a person's spirit remains alive and present - sometimes even interacting - with those still living.
Beyond this, few non-Christians today accept the historic teaching of Christianity that, after death, there exists is an eternal life of unspeakable joy for those who had a relationship with God while on earth, as well as an eternal death of unspeakable sorrow for those who rejected that relationship.
The fact that many non-Christians find this teaching objectionable only means they object to it. It does not mean that the teaching is untrue. Jesus promises that those who trust in him will experience death as a doorway into eternal life. Jesus said, “Everyone who believes in me has eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”