MISSION

Christ Lutheran Church of Peoria, Illinois is a religious corporation and an Illinois Not for Profit Corporation organized for religious, educational, and charitable purposes. The Bible, through many examples in both Old and New Testaments, teaches us clearly that God "wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4). This, therefore, is God's mission. God's mission is necessary because human sin disrupted the harmony that existed originally in God's creation (Romans 3:23). God's plan is to reconcile the world to himself through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:10; Acts 4:12). The Holy Spirit has been sent to empower us for work in God's mission (Acts 1:8; John 14:16). God now sends us to bring the message of salvation to everyone in the world (John 20:21; Matthew 28:18-20). Thus, God's mission is our mission (1 Peter 2:9). Our mission at Christ Lutheran Church is embodied in the following ministry activities:

 

WORSHIP -- to receive God's offered blessings in Word and Sacrament, and to give honor and glory to the Triune God in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving (Heb. 10:24-25).

NURTURE—to be effective partners in the Gospel through the Word and Sacraments by the discipling of leaders and edifying of all members, that all may be equipped for their ministries (Eph. 4:7-16).

FELLOWSHIP—to help each other and our fellow men (Ac. 2; 42; Jn. 13:35; Jas. 1:27), providing support in accordance with need.

SERVICE—through faithful stewardship, putting God first in service and giving, to help advance the Kingdom of Christ (2 Co. 8:9-15; Mt. 6:33).

WITNESS—to reach out in evangelism (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15; Ac. 1:8), confessing to others our Spirit-given faith that Jesus is Savior and Lord.


VISION

 

Christ Lutheran Church will continue its Christ-centered, life-directed focus, responding to the needs of its members, emphasizing local and worldwide witness and acting as a catalyst for the improvement of the neighborhood.