Founded during a period of revival in the 1890's, Elim Lutheran is a country church located in rural Osakis, MN. We are an independent Lutheran Congregation historically served by Church of the Lutheran Brethren pastors.
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).
We grow in Christ.
The life of faith is best lived within the context of community, and that means learning and growing together as a church. Paul calls us to "grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ" (Eph 4:15). To be a disciple is simply to be a follower of Jesus, and He calls each and every one of us along that path. Whether it's a Sunday morning sermon or a chat in the coffeeshop, all of our conversation is saturated in the Word of God.
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 always to point people to Christ by the way we live. Micah 6:8: "He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."