Eagle Grove, Iowa

Rowan, Iowa


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Why are we evangelical?
The word "evangelical" means "of the Gospel." The Greek word
"euagelion" ("Gospel" or "good news") is the root for our English word Evangelical. Jesus lived a perfect life, suffered, and died in order to bring forgiveness to all people. In the Sacraments of Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord's Supper, Jesus gives this forgiveness from the cross to His people today. This is the Gospel. This is what we confess and proclaim. We are evangelical because we are people of the Gospel.

In our faithful Lutheran proclamation of the Gospel - which is nothing other than the proclamation of true, biblical Christianity - clarification must be made between our confession as members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and that of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The discussion about our parishes as evangelical can often lead to confusion in this area. The ELCA does not hold to the same view of inspiration of the Bible. That church body arrives at significantly different interpretations of passages of Scripture. This causes the ELCA church body to have a different view of the Gospel. The ELCA is a denomination of mainline American Protestantism. The understanding of the historic Evangelical Lutheran Church is vastly different from the ELCA.

While we are evangelical - about preaching the Gospel - we are not part of evangelicalism, the branch of Christianity. When Evangelicalism spreads the Gospel it follows with a difficult dose of the law. The use of the law in "making disciples" after sharing the Gospel in circles of evangelicalism can only lead to distress and despair. In our proclamation of the Gospel message, we carefully distinguish between the law and the Gospel, so that the Gospel always dominates and the work of Christ is first and foremost.

Why are we Lutheran?
In the sixteenth century, the Lutheran reformers uncovered the Gospel that had been obscured in the medieval church. We are Lutheran because we believe in and subscribe unconditionally to the biblical truths of Christianity as confessed in the Book of Concord of 1580, which articulates true Christian teaching. We are proud to present a uniquely Lutheran presentation of the Gospel in the face of religious indifference. We are Lutheran because we place the forgiveness of sins through Jesus' death and resurrection at the center and are saved by our God-given faith.

• Parish Office • 400 West Broadway • Eagle Grove, Iowa 50533 • 515-448-4668 •
• Rev. Gary W. Schultz, Pastor •