Welcome to Sharing Faith
We are a congregation of Christians throughout and America and the entire world, with over 11,000 churches in the United States. We confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and our tenants of faith are confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world. Our central purpose is the spreading of the Gospel (“Evangelical”). We are children of the Reformation of the 16th century with a distinctive heritage of the reformers such as Luther). We are summoned to serve in a particular context for Christ. We recognize that we are not alone; we seek to serve with others who confess and proclaim the Gospel with us.
Members of this congregation work together with millions strong throughout the world to proclaim God’s saving grace through many high schools, elementary schools, early childhood education programs, colleges and universities, seminaries and a health care institutions worldwide. Within the United States and the Caribbean there are parent social service corporations with many more subsidiaries, and camps and retreat centers serving millions yearly. There are tens of thousands missionaries and volunteers serving in 50 countries and active duty armed forces chaplains, many serving overseas.
The rich background history of our Evangelical faith is founded upon the Bible and reinforced by the teaching of Luther in regards to the early protestant reformation. He taught that salvation is not earned by good works, but is received only as a free gift by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. This revolutionary theological reformer challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and he taught that the Holy Bible is the only written source of divinely revealed knowledge.