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Our Church

Church Overview

Our Mission... to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Strategy... to create environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders, and influence with outsiders.

Our Vision... to be a church where unchurched and churched people love to attend.

What We Believe

About the Scriptures

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.

About God

We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world.

About Humanity

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.

About Salvation

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.

About the Christian Life

We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.

About the Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making Him known to the lost world.


Messiah was organized on November 20, 1966 as a group of individuals worshipping together in a home. They grew in size and wanted to become more committed to become a large influence with God’s mission in the Wilmington area, even when they weren’t sure where the money to create such a church was coming from; even when there was no building, land or staff to create such a church.

On May 16, 1967, Messiah Lutheran Church was officially recognized as a member congregation of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. At that time, we knew it wasn’t just about members and today we know it’s not about us. It’s about the world. After many leaders, many passionate hearts and hundreds of volunteers have stepped forward, God has given us a vehicle by which we can be used by Him to impact lives. God has given us the resources and manpower to partner with Him to what He’s committed to doing because God loves all people. And if anything is evident and undeniable when Jesus stood one day and said, “Go and make disciples”, it has happened with no other explanation than the fact that it was a mission of God, and God’s been involved from the very beginning of this church. We are honored to have this privilege of carrying on this mission today.

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