The Lutheran Church is one of the largest segments of Protestantism and follows the teaching of Martin Luther. Our congregation is a member of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). We trust that God’s promise is in the gospel and knowing that we exist for and by the proclamation of this gospel word.
The ELCA teaching and theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer to all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.
Regarding scriptures, creeds, and confessions, the ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught, and once a month come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.
Teaching for a life of faith, The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith”.
Please join us at the Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church in Bernville. Whether you join us for a Sunday worship or at any other church event, you will be welcomed with open arms to celebrate with us the great gift of Jesus. Please do not hesitate to call us anytime with any questions you may have. We are here for you anytime and look forward to meeting you.