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...preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.  2 Timothy 4:2

Mission Statement
New Life Lutheran Church provides an inviting place for Spirit-led Christian worship and prayer,
where God’s Holy Word is preached and Christ becomes a witness to His promises of forgiveness, grace and love.

1. Inviting Place:
New Life Lutheran Church is a welcoming place where the presence of God is felt.

New Life Lutheran Church is here by God’s gracious invitation to be in His presence.
This is accomplished through His divinely appointed means of Grace, Word and
Sacrament. We share His promises and extend invitations to come and meet the
Savior. We follow up our witness with care and love. An inviting place begins and
ends with an inviting people!

2. Spirit Led Christian Worship and Prayer:

At New Life Lutheran Church the presence of the Holy Spirit is acknowledged
through Worship, Prayer, and Music. We pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit not
only during the Worship Service but throughout the week.

New Life Lutheran Church is drawn by the Holy Spirit throughout the week to
worship and pray to our good and gracious Heavenly Father.

We invoke God’s name and seek His will at our every meeting. The Spirit has gifted
us with joy, music and everything needed for the building up of the Body.

3. God’s Holy Word:

God’s word is clear, unchangeable and eternal; it is our one foundation.

God’s word is eternal, immutable, inspired and clear in its giving. His word is
foundational, necessary, effective, and profitable for all godliness.

4. Preached and Taught:

The truth of the Bible -- God’s Holy Word -- is central to our Worship, Prayer,
Confession and Study. God’s Holy Word is the foundation for our Sunday School,
Confirmation, Adult Education and all Church Ministries. We use a variety of
methods to bring God’s Word to all of God’s Children.

New Life Lutheran Church abides in His word for preaching and prayer, and gathers
daily in study of that Word. Our desire is for every member to be in daily devotions
and weekly worship and Bible Study.

5. Every Person comes to believe in Jesus Christ:

To bring people to believe and grow in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and
give their lives to Christ, we are to present Christ through the spoken and written
word, and continue that Christian Education throughout the lives of our members.

It is the responsibility of the Pastor and the Church Leadership to establish a 
system of life long education and training that enables and supports each 
Congregational Member’s growth journey.

Faith comes from hearing the Gospel message. The preaching and teaching through 
New Life and its members is entirely for the birthing, awakening, growing, 
strengthening, and sustaining of each individual, with the goal that they come to 
believe in Jesus Christ and so receive the benefit of forgiveness of sin, new life, and 

6. Becomes a Witness:

Our Goal is to help each of us become a Witness, spreading the message of God’s 
Grace, Forgiveness of Sins, and Eternal Life. We are to model the kind of life that 
God would have us follow. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will become living 
testimonies of a life dedicated to following Christ as one of his Disciples. Each 
person has strengths that help to support God’s work.

Our witness is made by each member sharing the message of Jesus’ forgiveness. 
Witnessing is always primarily verbal. We speak of Jesus and His love and of God 
and His grace for sinners-not about ourselves or our efforts to be good examples. 
The Spirit gives us the words for witness and we are always prepared to give an 
accounting of the hope that is in us. We seek in everything we do, in word or deed, 
which is done in the name of Jesus and for His glory.

The priority for our witness is those who have never heard, those who do not 
believe, and those who do not worship. We draw on missions around the world to 
help us train, inspire, motivate, and focus each member to be Christ’s witness.

In our Duluth/Hermantown area those who have never heard the gospel are 
primarily among
  1. Elementary school-aged children;
  2. Those who have heard, but do not believe, are primarily young adults; and
  3. Those who believe but do not regularly attend weekly worship are career engaged men.
These are our local priorities for witness.

7. To His Promises of Forgiveness, Grace and Love:

The Bible; the true Word of God commands us to repent and promises that Christ 
will grant us Forgiveness of all our sins. By his Love and Grace, we will inherit 
eternal life. By His death on the Cross, He has paid the price for our sins.

It’s always about Jesus. We bring sin, death, and separation from God; but in a 
great exchange through the blood of His Son, Jesus, He gives those who believe in 
Him the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. This is most certainly true!