WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
The evangelical Lutheran church of Nepal is a denomination of the Christian church. We are ‘evangelical’ because we believe, teach and preach the ‘good news’ of salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ. We are called ‘Lutheran’ in memory of dr. martin Luther, the protestant reformer, who lived in Germany from 1483-1546. Though there are now elcn congregations in federal republic of Nepal – our official name includes ‘church of Nepal’ because it is in Kathmandu that our synod had its first beginnings in 2007.
As a church body, the elcon is not an ecclesiastical government exercising legislative or coercive powers. The ELCON carries out powers and responsibilities determined by its member congregations, as set by their delegates at annual synodical conventions.
THE ELCON’S OBJECTIVES ARE:
- Proclamation of the gospel and the strengthening and establishing of congregations by the preaching of the gospel.
- The use together of whatever means that may be serviceable to the gospel.
- The training of ministers and teachers for the service of the church.
- The preservation and promotion of the unity of the true faith and a united defense against error, schism and sectarianism.
- The protection of congregations, pastors and teachers in the performance of their work and in the maintenance of their rights.
- The encouragement of liturgical conformity. Many of these functions are performed through committees established by national synod. An example of such a committee is the commission on theological and social concerns; another is the Lutheran women’s fellowship of Nepal (LWFON).
THE ELCON’S CONFESSIONS ARE:
The ELCON accepts without reservation all of the teachings of Holy Scripture, the inspired and infallible word of God. Dr Martin Luther’s small catechism is universally accepted by Lutherans and widely used as a simple summary of the bible’s teachings
The small catechism is one of the writings contained in the book of concord. Lutherans commit themselves to these confessional documents because they are a completely faithful exposition of Holy Scripture. You can search in online websites.
OUR DOCTRINAL POSITION AND STATEMENT
Having a common purpose and seeking one goal, we join together as free evangelical Lutheran churches and congregations for Christian fellowship, mutual edification, the salvation of souls, and whatever work may be necessary that the kingdom of God may come among us and our fellow men. No bonds of compulsion bind us, save those which the Holy Spirit lays upon us. No man fully understands the times and the situations in which he lives. At best we see through a glass darkly. Nevertheless, each Christian must decide in the light of God’s word and the evidence which he has what course of action he should take and to what causes his life should be given.
It is the same for the Christian congregations. Imperfect as it is, it must decide in what fellowship of other congregations it can best live out its purpose for being. Out of considerable soul-searching and prayer we have chosen to continue as Lutheran free churches. As we stand at this particular moment of time, we give thanks for the heritage of the past. We recognize and confess our indebtedness to many noble souls of the faith, both the relatively unknown who are faithful in their places and the ones on whom God placed the mantle of leadership. Even as it is true that before the cross of Christ there are no self-made men, so it is true that we have shared in blessings from many and are debtors.
It seems good to us as we join together for common work and fellowship to state our beliefs in regard to the following matters. We accept and believe in the holy bible as the complete written word of God, preserved to us by the Holy Spirit for our salvation and instruction. we endorse the statement on the word as found in the united testimony on faith and life and would quote here the following: “we bear witness that the bible is our only authentic and infallible source of God’s revelation to us and all men, and that it is the only inerrant and completely adequate source and norm of Christian doctrine and life. we hold that the bible, as a whole and in all its parts, is the word of God under all circumstances regardless of man’s attitude toward it.” we reject any affiliations or associations which do not accept the bible alone as definitive for the life and practice of man and the church.
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