A Member of the WELS

Community Lutheran Church is a member of a group of churches called the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We believe that we are saved by the grace of God as a result of Jesus Christ’s perfect life and perfect death on the cross. The WELS has been in existence for over 125 years and takes its name from the fact that its founding churches were located in the state of Wisconsin. Today, the WELS includes over 1000 churches in the United States and hundreds more throughout the world. Members of the WELS hold to three main creeds that have been the pillars of Christianity for centuries: the Apostles’ Creedthe Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Below you will find an introduction to the Biblical teachings which unite individual WELS congregation.

The Gospel

John 3:16 has been called “the gospel in a nutshell”, and for good reason. In that one verse, we’re told all that we need to know for our salvation.

  1. God loves us.
  2. He sent his Son to die for us.
  3. Believe it.

So why do we need any further statements of belief?

Throughout the history of the Christian Church, errors have crept in challenging basic beliefs established in God’s Word, including that Christ is true God, as well as the concept of the Trinity, namely that God is in fact Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The early church fathers drafted creeds, or statements of belief, to clarify these biblical truths.

A Confessional Heritage

In the 16th century, Martin Luther and other reformers addressed the false teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Luther came to see that sinners are saved by the grace of God as a result of Jesus Christ’s perfect life and perfect death on the cross—not through any merit or effort of their own. Luther and others authored the six Lutheran confessions—to which we as WELS Hawaii Lutherans still subscribe today because we believe they are a correct explanation of biblical truth.

In modern times, leaders within our own synod found it necessary to clarify the differences between us and other church bodies, particularly those that also call themselves Lutheran. We’re confident you’ll find our statement “This We Believe” helpful in understanding those differences.