Evangelical Lutheran Free Church
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church (U.A.C.) is an orthodox
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 Lutheran Church holding to the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession
Augsburg Confession
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 (UAC). The ELFC-UAC is both evangelical
Evangelicalism is a Protestant Christian movement which began in Great Britain in the 1730s and gained popularity in the United States during the series of Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th century.Its key commitments are:...

 (proclaiming the free forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ) and sacramental
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 (centering its spiritual life in the regenerating waters of baptism
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 and the Real Presence of Christ in Holy Communion).

The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church (UAC) is strongly grounded on Scripture and worship service features both strong preaching and the historic liturgy
Liturgy is either the customary public worship done by a specific religious group, according to its particular traditions or a more precise term that distinguishes between those religious groups who believe their ritual requires the "people" to do the "work" of responding to the priest, and those...

. As a historical church with a rich spiritual tradition, without legalism, the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church has some of the best
parts of Protestantism
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 and the best parts of Catholicism
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Evangelical Lutheran Free Churches emphasizing the historic liturgy, chanting the service, signing themselves with the Holy Cross
Christian cross
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, and have even reinstituted the ancient Lutheran practice of private confession and absolution
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The mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church (U.A.C) is to make known to all people everywhere God's call to wholeness through forgiveness and holiness in Jesus Christ, and to invite into membership and equip for ministry all who respond in faith.

The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church (UAC) teaches that the Bible is the only authoritative source for doctrine
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. It subscribes to the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as accurate presentations of what Scripture teaches, that Jesus is the center of Scripture and the only way to eternal salvation
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, and that the Holy Spirit uses the gospel
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 alone in Word and Sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion) to bring people to faith in Jesus as Savior and keep them in that faith, strengthening them in their daily life of sanctification.

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