1 John 4:19 - "We love because He [God] first loved us."
What It Means to be Lutheran
There are so many churches in our day, sorting them all out can be quite confusing! There are also different kinds of “Lutherans” because the term means different things to different people.
What “Lutheran” originally meant – and what it still means here at Redemption – can be summed up with three basic concepts:
1. Grace Alone
As sinners, we do not deserve God’s love. Instead we deserve punishment and separation from God and His goodness, forever. But, in an unprecedented act of grace, God showered his love on undeserving sinners. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the full punishment for our sins, and to die in our place. Heaven’s doors are open to us, not because of what we do for God, but because of what He has done for us through Jesus. Sinners are saved by God’s undeserved love – by grace alone.
2. Faith Alone
Jesus has suffered the full punishment for all people’s sins. But this doesn’t mean that all people will end up in heaven. The gift of salvation is free, but is received only through faith. Faith isn’t just acknowledging that God exists, or trying to follow a bunch of rules and commandments. Faith means trust. Christian faith means having a heart which trusts that God kept His promise to send a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus.
3. Scripture Alone
The only reliable way to find out what God says is through the Bible. The Bible was written by men, but authored by God. Human ideas change. Logical conclusions can be wrong. Traditions can become outdated and unprofitable. Only the testimony of the eternal and all-knowing God is completely reliable. “Scripture alone” means that the Bible stands as the foundation for our thinking in every area.
Mark was born and raised in the Midwest and comes from a family of eight. He graduated from Immanuel Lutheran Seminary in 2012 and has been serving ever since in the public ministry. Mark has been married to his wife, Gretchen, since 2010. They have three children: Micah, Alexandra, and Lukas.
Pastor Tiefel works on a blog and podcast at www.burdenblessing.org.
Mr. Quinn Sprengeler graduated from Immanuel Lutheran College in Eau Claire, WI, in 1983. After gaining twelve years of teaching experience in Minnesota he was installed as head teacher and principal at Redemption School in 1995.
It is the goal of Redemption school that the children entrusted to its care will grow in their knowledge and love of our Savior from sin, becoming useful citizens here as they prepare for citizenship in heaven.
Listen to our weekly sermons on the Redemption Sermon Podcast. Pastor Tiefel also works on a bi-weekly podcast with other pastors called Burden & Blessing.
Family and Kid Programs
Since God’s Word places a priority on sharing the His Word from generation to generation, we make it a point to have families worship together on Sundays. We also offer annual programs for all age groups
20120 24th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036