WHO WE ARE
The purpose of Hope Free Lutheran is to bring glory to God by making disciples who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and honor God with reverence in corporate worship as well as leading existing disciples to deeper faith and maturity in Christ. These disciples are established in living faith in Christ, and committed to obedience, responsive to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and loving one another in humility and joy, penetrating our spheres of influence with the dynamic gospel of Christ.
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Hope Free Lutheran of Killdeer, ND is a new church plant in west-central North Dakota and is a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC).
Established in 1962 and headquartered in Plymouth, MN, the AFLC is a conservative Lutheran church body which boasts of over 265 congregations across the United States.
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< WORD CENTERED
At Hope Free Lutheran, we believe, teach, and confess that the Holy Scriptures (the canonical books of the Old and the New Testaments) is the inspired, infallible and inerrant written Word of God, revealed for the salvation of men, and therefore, in union with Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, is the only source and rule of faith, doctrine, and life of the congregation.” For this reason, the Word of God stands central in all we say and do.
CHRIST PROCLAIMING >
At Hope Free Lutheran, we believe, teach, and confess that all Scripture (Old and New Testament; Law and Gospel) serves to point us to Jesus Christ and the salvation and newness of life that is found only in Him. For this reason, we firmly believe that, in everything we say and do and in every sphere of influence we find ourselves in, we are to be “proclaiming not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as [Savior and] Lord” (II Corinthians 4:5). To this end, that everyone would believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing they may have life in his name (John 20:31).
< KINGDOM CONSCIOUS
At Hope Free Lutheran, we do not believe that we are some abandoned vessel, floundering in an open sea, disconnected from a greater reality. Rather, we believe, teach, and confess that we - along with all Christian churches who minister in conformity to the Word of God - are an outpost of Christ’s kingdom. Conscious of this, we believe that we have been intentionally placed and planted in this particular place at this particular time to continue the advancement of God’s kingdom through the proclamation of Christ and His Word against all forces of evil in this present age.
Furthermore, as members of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC), we believe that what we do locally is part of a much larger work being done nationally and globally. For this reason, we are are eager to support and join in on the work of home and global missions, youth ministry, Bible college and seminary training, Christian publications, evangelism and discipleship, etc. Again, we are a kingdom people, part of God’s Kingdom work.
CONFESSIONALLY DRIVEN >
At Hope Free Lutheran, we believe that our confessions, which are derived from scripture, are what drive us. In other words, everything we say and do is driven by what we confess to be true according to God’s Word. For example, by confessing that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16) and that there is salvation only in Him (Acts 4:12), we are driven to tell others about Him and urge them to believe in Him. By confessing that Christ’s kingdom advances through the regular and ongoing ministry of the church, we are driven to be diligent in the work of ministry until Christ returns. By confessing that the God we worship is one God in Trinity and the Trinity in unity (Athanasian Creed), we are driven to teach of all the wondrous works of the Lord in Creating (Father), Redeeming (Son), and Sanctifying (Holy Spirit) us and the whole Christian church on earth. By confessing that a life of faith will result in a life of good works, we are driven to encourage one another in faith and the resultant good works. etc.
At Hope Free Lutheran, with the Word of God, we adhere to the three historic ecumenical creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds. In addition we subscribe to the unaltered Augsburg Confession (1530) and Luther’s Small Catechism (1525) as faithful expositions of the Word of God. These are our confession and these are what drive us.
< COMMUNITY ENGAGING
At Hope Free Lutheran, we believe, teach, and confess that when Jesus Christ called His church to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15), that meant we have been called to take the good news of Christ, first and foremost, into our communities and individual spheres of influence. Therefore, it is our desire at Hope Free Lutheran to continually seek ways to engage our community in order to build relationships and show the love of Christ unto the salvation of souls.
With the community of Killdeer in general, Hope Free Lutheran has been blessed with many children. Therefore, much of our community engagement centers on children and families.