Who is Prince of Peace?
Prince of Peace is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We believe and teach that the Bible is the inerrant word of God which is "able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15) We exist as a church to be a place where all people may come to learn about Jesus the Savior. By the grace of God we continue learning and sharing the gospel of Christ the Prince of Peace. Please continue reading below to learn more about what we believe.
If you’re reading this, you likely have an idea in your mind of what church is, what you expect it to be, or what you think it should be. When you think of church you probably think of people gathering on a Sunday to read from the Bible, sing some songs, and maybe listen to a sermon.
What else is church? Is church simply a community of like-minded people? Is it a club, with its own particular rules? Is it a community center? Is church just a play for “church people” people who like to appear to be good and give the impression that they live picture-perfect lives?
Do you have the notion that church is all about making you live by a certain set of rules and that the church doesn’t want you if you don’t?
Do you think that church is old fashioned and oppressive—that the church and its people try to control you and impress their close-minded opinions upon you?
Maybe you have some of those questions or thoughts. Maybe you are just looking for a place where God’s Word is treasured and taught in all its truth and purity.
It is an impossible task to try to address all those questions and thoughts, past experiences, fears, concerns, in this short space except to begin with Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus loves you. Know that. The church exists because Jesus established it as gathering of all those who believe in him. As such, believers are gathered together around the Word that expresses that truth of God’s love. That’s the first thing to know about church. From that foundation, a person can move forward to learn what else Jesus has to say and understand and trust why he says it. Jesus who loved me so much that he died for me! So, what else does he have to say about me and life in this world?
You’re always welcome to visit or contact us to talk about any of these things in a respectful and welcoming environment!
What We Believe
– We believe in the one true God who reveals himself as three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) yet one God. (Triune) Matt. 28:19
–We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, without error, given to us in order to reveal salvation to us. 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Tim. 3:16
People & the Earth
– God created the world and everything in it and continues to govern his creation by his almighty power. Gen. 1:1
– God created humans as the crown of his creation. Each person is dear to him and he desires all to be saved. Gen. 1:27; 1 Tim. 2:4
Sin and Death
– All have sinned and fall short of standard of perfection that God demands because he is holy. The result of sin is death; ultimately death, apart from God’s salvation, is separation from God and consequently anything that is good. Rom 3:23; Rom. 6:23
Grace and Resurrection
– God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins. Because he lives so will we live. John 3:16; John 11:25
– Jesus is the Son of God, true God and true man, the Savior of all who gave his live to pay for sins and grant us forgiveness. John 1:1
– Good works, moral living, etc. is not something we do to earn a place in heaven, but a result of our sanctification (being made holy by Jesus’ blood) and a loving response to the love of God.
– The sacraments are those “sacred things” instituted by Christ Jesus with earthly element connected with the word and promise of God, through which he grants the forgiveness of sins and all the blessings that flows from forgiveness. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper fit this definition of a sacrament.
– Through baptism God works faith in hearts and grants forgiveness. Since Baptism is the work of God and not man, it is for all, young and old alike. Acts 2:38.
– Scripture teaches us that in the Lord’s Supper:
– The body and blood of Christ are really present with the bread and the wine. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:27)
– Jesus gives true forgiveness, not just a symbol, to each recipient. (Matthew 26:28)
– We are united as one body of believers because we all partake the one body and blood of Christ. “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
– For these reasons we ask that, if you are not a part of a WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) or ELS (Evangelical Lutheran Synod) church that publicly confesses to believe these same scriptural truths, you speak with our pastor before you take the Sacrament. We do not wish to judge your faith, but want to make sure that we are in agreement before publicly declaring that we share a common faith. – We are careful about the way we celebrate the Lord’s Supper because we want to humbly accept this gift the way God intended.
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