Who we are

We at Living Savior are a group of Christians dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in the southwest metro of the Twin Cities. 

We are a young church. Organized as an independent congregation in 2016, we currently meet at the Huber Funeral Home chapel in Eden Prairie. Recently we installed our first full-time pastor and are searching for a permanent worship site. We are excited to see how the Lord will continue to bless us! 

We hope to grow as a congregation. We would love to welcome more members into our church family, but we also value the benefits of being a small, tight-knit group. Above all, we enjoy growing together as we gather around the word of God at worship, Bible classes, and in our homes. 

Are you just visiting the area? Are you looking for a new church home? Visit us for worship sometime! Contact Pastor Willitz for more information about us! Explore our beliefs! Watch our recent sermons! We are here to help you grow spiritually. Join us in praising our Living Savior! 

Living Savior Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC)

Living Savior Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC). The CLC consists of over 75 congregations across the United States and supports foreign mission efforts in 14 countries. Learn more about the CLC at https://clclutheran.org/

What we Believe

The only true God reveals himself in Scripture as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is one divine being or essence. At the same time God is three divine persons. Since God is three in one, we call him the Holy Trinity. This is a profound mystery far beyond our understanding.

God reveals himself to mankind through his written word, the Holy Scriptures. The primary purpose of the Scriptures is to reveal to us the way of salvation through Jesus Christ, our only Savior.

God gave the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments by divine inspiration. This means that God himself breathed out every word written in the Scriptures by the prophets, apostles, and evangelists. Therefore the Bible is without error in everything that it teaches.

Through his powerful Word, God created all things in six days, as recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis. God created Adam and Eve, the first two humans, in his perfect image. Therefore Adam and Eve, our first parents, were morally righteous and lived in perfect harmony with their Creator and with creation.

Tempted by the devil, Adam and Eve fell into sin. They lost for themselves and for all their descendants the righteousness in which they had been created. As a result all people are sinful and corrupt by nature. We are conceived and born as enemies of God. We are subject to the wrath and punishment of God and to physical and eternal death. Our natural fallen condition is called “original sin.” As a result of this lost condition, we commit actual sins in our thoughts, words, and actions.

God the Father sent his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind. True God from eternity, Jesus took on human flesh and a human nature when he was conceived in the virgin Mary. He became one of us but this miracle of his incarnation—becoming fully human. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.

Unlike us, however, Jesus was conceived and born without sin. Unlike our father Adam and us, Jesus resisted perfectly every temptation of the devil. He lived a sinless life in our place. 

Despite his perfection, Jesus allowed himself to suffer and to die, taking on himself the punishment that all of our sins deserve. 

By his resurrection from the dead, Jesus demonstrated that his sacrifice had reconciled all people to God. All people are justified through the work of Christ (objective justification). 

Justification is received by lost sinners through faith (subjective justification). All who believe in Jesus (and only those who believe in Jesus) receive full forgiveness of sins, the new life of faith, and eternal salvation.

The Holy Spirit works faith in the hearts of sinners and grants forgiveness, life, and salvation through certain means. We call these the means of grace. The means of grace are the word of God and the holy sacraments. 

Holy baptism is a sacrament through which the Holy Spirit washes a lost sinner and renews him as a holy child of God. Through baptism, the Spirit forgives sin and grants the gift of saving faith. 

The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament through which Jesus Christ gives to his people his true body and his true blood under bread and wine to eat and drink. Through the Supper, the Holy Spirit conveys once again the forgiveness of sins. Through the Supper, the Spirit feeds and strengthens saving faith.

Only God is able to work in the heart of a lost sinner the conversion from unbelief into faith. The human soul cannot cooperate in this conversion in any way. Until the Holy Spirit reaches the human soul through the gospel in word or in sacrament, the soul remains dead in unbelief.

After a person has received the gift of faith through the work of the Holy Spirit, he begins to perform good works. Good works are thoughts, words, and actions that are in accord with the will of God. The believer desires to do good works and cooperates in doing good works, but always with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Good works flow from a faith that already has received full and free salvation. Good works never earn or contribute toward salvation.

Prayer is good work. Through prayer, a believer enjoys the privilege of bringing his thanks, praise, and concerns to God, who promises to hear the prayers of his faithful people. God promises to answer prayer according to His good and gracious will. 

Before the creation of the world, God chose and knew those whom he would call, enlighten, sanctify, and preserve in the true faith. Believers are saved because God chose them, not because they chose God. 

The Bible nowhere describes an eternal election to damnation. Those who are saved are saved by the grace of God alone. Those who remain lost are lost by their unbelief and rejection of God and of his salvation.

The holy Christian Church consists of all people in all times and places who truly believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Since we cannot read hearts and judge the sincerity of others, the Church remains invisible to us, known only to God. 

The Church is present wherever the word of God is taught in its truth and the sacraments are administered according to their divine institution. Therefore the word and the sacraments are the true marks of the church.

In order to publicly administer his means of grace in his Church, the Lord has given the office of public ministry. Through the church, God calls individuals to administer the word and the sacraments on behalf of the church and in the stead of Jesus Christ.

When a believer dies physically, his soul goes to heaven. When an unbeliever dies physically, his soul goes to hell. On Judgment Day Jesus Christ will return to the world visibly and raise the bodies of all the dead. All bodies will be reunited with their souls, and Jesus will judge all people. Believers will enter into eternal life in the presence of the Lord. Unbelievers will enter into eternal suffering apart from the Lord.

In his word, the Lord commands his people to recognize and practice church fellowship wherever they find a common confession of and commitment to the word and the sacraments. In his word, the Lord forbids his people to tolerate any teaching or practice that is contrary to his word. The Lord commands his faithful people to separate themselves from any individual or organization that teaches or practices anything that is contrary to his word.

God has given a certain set of responsibilities to the Church and a certain set of responsibilities to the state. The Church is responsible for calling sinners to repentance, proclaiming forgiveness in Christ, and encouraging believers in Christian living. The state is responsible for punishing the guilty, protecting the innocent, and promoting order and peace among all citizens.

Guided by the Scriptures, believers in Christ uphold the sanctity of all human life. God, who has the authority to give and take human life, has given the state the right to administer capital punishment and wage just war. Anyone who terminates human life, without authorization from the Lord, is guilty of a great evil.

Human sexuality is a great blessing from the Lord. Through the union of a man and a woman in marriage, the Lord provides the gifts of companionship, mutual love, sexual intimacy, and the procreation of children. God in his word condemns homosexuality and extra-marital sexual relations.

As a confessional Lutheran congregation, we subscribe fully to all of the Lutheran Confessions as they are recorded in the Book of Concord of 1580. These documents are the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; the Augsburg Confession and its Apology; the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope; Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms; and the Epitome and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord. We embrace these confessions in full because they are a correct exposition of the teaching of the Scriptures.

The Brief Statement of 1932 serves as a lengthier summary of what we believe and teach.