We Rest in the Gospel.
The New Testament word for gospel simply means "good news." What is this good news? The Apostle Paul puts it this way: "Christ died for our sins...he was buried...he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor 15:3-4). The Gospel is such good news because it declares that we are unconditionally loved despite how unlovable we are, and this love springs from God's good, fatherly heart rather than our own performance. Jesus gives us rest for our souls (Matt 11:29) and, in doing so, makes a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him.
We Grow in Christ.
The Apostle Paul calls us to "grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ" (Ephesians 4:15). The life of faith is best lived within the context of community, and that means learning and growing together through God’s Word. Whether it’s in the church building, the classroom, at work, home, or the local coffeeshop, our goal is for all spheres of life to be permeated by our faith.
We Love our Community.
Martin Luther described faith as "a living, busy, active, mighty thing." Having received God's abundant mercy, we seek to extend that same mercy to those in our community. In both word and deed, our aim is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a desperately broken world. We work toward the flourishing of the greater Osakis area, seeking to always point people to Christ. As Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).