WHO WE ARE
We are a confessional Lutheran church, dedicated to preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Our purpose is to preach Christ as the Savior of all mankind. We strive, by the grace of the Redeemer, to maintain the true Scripture doctrine and confessions which our Lord restored through Martin Luther 500 years ago.
Our congregation is a member of the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC). The CLC is composed of Lutheran churches who are united together in fellowship and agreement through God’s Word. Our theology and teachings center around Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death and victorious resurrection for the sins of the world.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We still believe…
In an age of constant change, we still believe in the unchanging Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — three persons in One God.
In an age of Humanism’s confusion, we still believe that God created the universe in six 24-hour days as revealed in Genesis, and that the whole Bible is God’s Word, free from all errors, contradictions or myths.
In an age of doubt, we still believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
In an age of fear and guilt, we still believe that Christ died on the cross as payment for the sins of the world, and that He arose from the grave because His sacrifice was accepted by God, so that the world is declared righteous on account of Him.
In an age of do-it-yourself religion, we still believe that eternal salvation is through faith in the “good news”, not obedience to the law; by grace alone, apart from all works; by the Holy Spirit working through the Gospel in the Word and Sacraments, not by human reason, religious sincerity, spiritual fervor, “Spirit-baptism” or any other condition, work, or “add on” of man.
In an age of “agreeing to disagree”, we still believe that to preserve the pure Gospel of Christ for ourselves and others, Christians are commanded by the Lord to test and judge all teachings and philosophies, hold to whatever is according to God’s Word, and avoid all religious fellowship with that which is contrary to that Word.
In an age of “evangelical materialism”, we still believe that the “evangel” is the proclamation of forgiveness and the gaining of heaven through faith in Christ, not the preaching of principles by which one may lead a “good” life and gain earthly prosperity.
“If you hold to my teaching, then you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
ABOUT THE CHURCH OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSION (CLC)
Mt. Zion Lutheran is affiliated with the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC). For a fuller explanation of our synod beliefs and teachings, see the following statements:
CLC Statement of Faith and Purpose — A small pamphlet that briefly and simply explains some of our doctrinal positions.
The Brief Statement of 1932 — A short summary of our beliefs, originally created and adopted by the LCMS in 1932, and still adhered to by the CLC.
Concerning Church Fellowship (CCF) — Our statement on the important Scriptural principle of Church Fellowship.
Concerning Church and Fellowship – Popular Version — Download – A more recent document discussing the important Scriptural principal of Church Fellowship.
CCF – A Short Summary – Download – A shorter version of Concerning Church Fellowship
Concerning Church and Ministry (CCM) — Our statement on the Relation of Synod and Local Congregation to the Holy Christian Church.
Concerning Same-sex Marriage — Download — Our statement in response to the June 26, 2015, Supreme Court declaration that the United States Constitution requires states to license and recognize marriages between two people of the same sex.
MEET OUR PASTOR
The son of a reverend, Pastor Tom Naumann was born in Minnesota, raised in Alaska, and spent some formative years in Wisconsin as his father served Lutheran congregations in those states. Pastor Tom met his wife Ashley on a mission trip to Kenya in 2012. They have three children: Aurora (5), Jed (3), and Gabriel (1). Pastor Tom attended Immanuel Lutheran Seminary in Eau Claire, WI from 2014-2017 and upon graduation was called by Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Madison Heights, MI.
Along with the vocations of husband, father, and pastor, Pastor Tom greatly enjoys a number of outdoor hobbies including hunting, hiking, and camping. He has a passion for teaching and working with children and young people, but his favorite part of the ministry is one-on-one Bible study with new church members. Be sure to check out some of Pastor Tom’s devotional videos on Mt. Zion’s Facebook and Instagram pages.