ABOUT FIRST UNITED
First United Lutheran Church, ELCA, is located at 2401 Kohler Memorial Drive in Sheboygan. Their senior pastor is Todd W. Smith. Their website is http://firstuni.org
WHAT THEY BELIEVE
The Following Is Excerpted From The First United Lutheran Website:
Sharing God’s Word
Our church family has a strong commitment to making everyone feel welcome here, and giving everyone the opportunity to hear God’s message, through our worship services, educational opportunities, music and technology.
Our congregation provides a warm, supportive environment for everyone who wants to grow in their faith through educational experiences and classes, and though hands-on opportunities for leadership roles and helping those in need.
First United believes in helping others – both globally and locally. We seek to reach out and serve in a variety of ways in the Sheboygan area.
The statement above is correct in indicating that the Christian message is for everyone. Everyone needs to hear it because we are all sinners. We do bad things to other people on purpose. Our “sins” are more than just accidents; they are malicious things that we do to other people on purpose because there is hate and selfishness in our hearts. It is because of this hate and selfishness that we are cut off from God and under His judgment.
However, God loves all people and is willing to forgive anyone, no matter how much bad they have done! (II Peter 3:9). God has given us an opportunity to be saved through the sacrificial blood of Christ, who bore our sins on Calvary. God demands that we believe in Jesus Christ and repent of our sins for salvation (Romans 10:9, II Corinthians 7:10). Believers are also commanded to be baptized in obedience to Christ (Acts 2:38). Baptism, however, will not save you if you have rejected Jesus in your heart, no matter how subtly. In that case it becomes a curse to you because of your hypocrisy.
Therefore believe, repent, and be saved if you are not a believer already! Jesus loves you. It is time for you to love Him back.
FINAL ENCOURAGING BIBLE VERSES
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (I John 1:9-10 NIV)
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. (II Corinthians 7:10-11 NIV)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (I John 4:7-12 NIV)