What We Believe
A Story of rescue
We believe that the world we live in needs more than just a helper or some divine advice about how to make this world a better place. The human race has, for centuries, fought against sickness, disease, and disaster. Despite all our improvements in technology and education, people still hate, steal, hurt, and kill one another. Despite all the efforts to eradicate poverty, it still persists and perhaps is worse than ever before. Real equality and justice are often the exception rather than the norm.
Why do these problems persist?
As bad as poverty, hatred, prejudice, suffering, and disaster are, they are only a shadow of a much bigger problem, with a much deeper root.
The Bible describes this problem with the word “sin”.
Sin is not merely disobedience, it is misplaced love. The heart of sin is to love anything in this world, even good things, more than God himself. And sin always leaves disorder, destruction, and death in its wake.
We believe that God sent Jesus the Christ into this world in order to save it by having all of the evil of the world turn against him. He was victim to injustice, hatred, and cruelty when he died on a cross by Roman Crucifixion 2000 years ago. Not only that, he bore the ultimate destruction worked by sin — except it wasn’t his sin — it was that of the whole world. And on the third day, Jesus rose again from the dead, proving that he is indeed all that he claimed to be and that we are indeed forgiven.
Because he died for world’s sin, every individual can confidently say, “Jesus died for my sin. I am forgiven.” Because Jesus rose from the grave, every individual can say, “Jesus has broken sin and death in me, and even though someday I die, I will be raised from death just like Jesus was.”
When we see Jesus taking our place in death, we find and experience real love. When you believe that Jesus did all that for you, he also gives you power to love others and to overcome things like hatred and prejudice.
And finally Jesus promises that there will come a day when he will finally and fully eradicate and destroy not only sickness, suffering, pain, and poverty, but the sin that is behind it all.
From the cross, shortly before he died, Jesus made a loud proclamation for everyone to hear. He said, “It is finished!” He wasn’t talking about his life, though that was coming to a close. He was talking about all that needed to be done to save the world. “It is finished.” He’s done it all. There is nothing we have to add to his work to make it complete. Jesus came. He died. He rose. He will come again.
It is finished.
This is what we believe.
This proclamation is the heart of all that we teach at Mt. Calvary.
Want to learn more?
The best way to find out what we believe here at Mt. Calvary is to come and listen to the sermons. One can find out much more about beliefs from listening to or reading a number of sermons because the sermons will reveal how the beliefs are put into practice on a daily basis.
Find an archive of our sermon videos here on our youtube channel.
If you’d like to learn more about what we believe, feel free to look up the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). That is our church body and you will find much useful information there.