Chili cook-off and fellowship to follow
For more than 130 years First Evangelical Lutheran Church has been blessed to serve the community of Lake Geneva with the life-changing and life-saving Word of God. We exist as a congregation to introduce people to Christ, to gather in the worship of the goodness of God, and to grow in our faith and understanding of God's will for our lives.
If you're new to Christianity, join us and learn why Jesus is so important in your life.
If you're new to Lake Geneva, join us and learn what sets us apart from every other church in the area.
Even if you're a third generation Lake Genevan, join us! In many ways we're not the church we were 130 years ago, but in the most important way we are - we still uncompromisingly cling to the eternal and unchanging truth of God's Word.
To echo Philip's response when Nathanael asked what makes Jesus so special, we at First Lutheran invite you to "Come and see."
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Sin - We believe that no one is perfect. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." (Romans 3:12) Any action that contradicts God's will we call sin. And so, if you're looking for the perfect church, you won't find it here; we're full of sinners.
Judgment - Unlike the endearing little flaws and quirks that we observe in our loved ones, sin is neither endearing nor enduring. God hates sin and tells us that "the wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23) Sin is not something easily ignored. It has eternal consequences.
Grace - All hope is not lost! Even though everyone is guilty of sin and rightly deserves eternal judgment, God loved you too much to stand by and watch you die. Instead he chose to give you "the gift of God [that] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) You see, by having the innocent Son of God die in place of sinners like you, God has pardoned your sins! Your imperfection and sin is exchanged for Jesus' perfection and holiness.
Life - Because Jesus forgave your sins by dying on the cross, you are free from the fear of death and have eternal life waiting for you in heaven. More than that, though, you have a new lease on life here on earth. As the Apostle Paul says, "Count yourselves dead to sin but alive in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires... but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life." (Romans 6:11-13)
THIS WEEK'S SERMON: