Pastor Pete Leyer and Pastor Luis Acosta are the pastors at Risen Savior. Peter Georgson is the president of the congregation. They would love to meet you! Feel free to call and leave them a message at (414) 354-7320.
What We Believe
We proudly call ourselves "Risen Savior" because Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again that we might live with him. We joyfully bear the name "Evangelical" (meaning "good news") because the good news of Jesus is central to all we teach. We are a "Lutheran Church" because we believe, teach and confess the ancient truths of the Christian church that Luther rediscovered in the Reformation - "by faith alone," "by grace alone" and "by Scripture alone."
To learn what the Bible teaches click on a specific topic below, and you will be taken to a short summary of our beliefs on that topic.
The Bible teaches that the Bible is the true word of God. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit. This means that God breathed into the writers the exact thoughts and words they were to write. As a result, every statement in the Bible is the truth. One part of the Bible explains another part. It is the only guideline for the faith and life of Christians. We are to read and study it diligently. It clearly teaches all we need to know in order to obtain our eternal salvation.
2 Peter 1:21 "Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is God-breathed."
John 5:39 "You diligently study the Scriptures because you think by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me [Jesus]."
The Bible teaches that the first man and woman lost the image of God when they gave in to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God's command. This brought on them the judgment of God. Since that time all people are conceived and born in sin, desire to do what is evil, and are dead spiritually. Therefore, we are unable to reconcile ourselves to God by our own efforts and deeds.
Psalm 51:5 "Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me."
Romans 5:12 "Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned."
Romans 8:7,8 "The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law...Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God."
The Bible teaches that there is only one true God. This God is invisible, holy, eternal, and has all power and wisdom. In the Bible, God reveals himself as three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is why he is called “Triune.” These three persons in one God are all God. They are equal in power, glory, and in every other quality. To deny or ignore one person is to deny all of them. It is God who created, redeemed and sanctified us.
Matthew 28:19 "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of everyone. He is the eternal Son of God, equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is also the son of the Virgin Mary. He became man to redeem all people. Taking our place, he lived a perfect life keeping the law of God for us. He also died as our innocent substitute on the cross to pay a price sufficient for everyone’s sin. After rising from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven. On the Last Day he will judge all the people who are still living and those whom he will raise from the dead.
Matthew 1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel—which means God with us."
Ephesians 1:7 "We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins."
Galatians 3:13 "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us."
Hebrews 4:15 "We have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin."
Acts 10:42 "He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead."
The Bible teaches that faith is a repentant sinner's acceptance of Jesus Christ as his only Savior and full trust in his worthiness for forgiveness of sins and salvation. Such faith is not a personal achievement or an act of human worthiness. The Holy Spirit creates faith. Whoever remains in this faith to the end of life will be saved eternally. Salvation is not possible without faith. The Bible also teaches that God's love for human beings is unconditional. We call this unconditional love "grace." In grace God created the perfect plan of salvation.
Acts 15:11 "We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved."
Acts 16:30,31 "He...asked, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."
John 3:36 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life."
The Bible and Lutherans teach that baptism is a holy act. It is instituted by God. Using water and God's Word it offers and gives the forgiveness of sins, spiritual life, and eternal salvation. It is meant for young and old, including children. Infants also are sinful and therefore need the spiritual rebirth brought about through baptism.
Matthew 28:19 "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
John 3:5,6 "Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
Mark 10:14 "He [Jesus] said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Mark 16:16 "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved."