“What does ‘Christus Victor’ mean?”DSCN1007

It’s Latin for “Christ the Victor.” When Jesus Christ died on the cross, God raised him from the dead, conquering the power of death. Through Christ’s own victory, we also are given victory over sin and death, and are free to love and serve the world without fear of death.

“Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

“What is your worship like?”

Traditional but fresh. We follow the traditional liturgical order used by many Lutherans (as well as Episcopal, Orthodox, and Catholic churches), but each week is slightly different, focusing on the Gospel themes of that week. Our hymns come from traditional and contemporary resources (primarily we use the Lutheran Book of Worship and With One Voice, a.k.a. “the green book and the blue book”).

“I haven’t gone to church in a long time. Am I still welcome?”

Yes! All are welcome – there is no entry requirement. Just as Christ loved all people regardless of their upbringing, their sordid pasts, or their religious devotion (or not), we will lovingly receive you with open arms no matter where you came from or what you believe.

“Are my children welcome?”First communion.Haley Christina Connor Samantha

Absolutely!  All ages are welcome to worship with us. Additionally, we also offer Sunday school for all ages during the 9:30 hour September through May, and a nursery is always available during worship. During the late service we provide childcare. 

“How big is Christus Victor?”

In which month? Because of our location in Southwest Florida, our church population fluctuates with the area’s population. In the middle of the summer, we have about 150 in worship each Sunday, and in the height of season, we have about 550. Our 321 members and 200 associate members are enhanced each year by a very active “snow bird” population.

“I’m not familiar with Lutheran worship.  Will I fit in?”

Yes! Our members come from many different denominational backgrounds. We rejoice in the diversity of beliefs and traditions that people bring to our community, and our lives are truly enhanced by the presence of each.

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Martin Luther

“What’s the difference between a ‘Lutheran’ and a ‘Christian’?”

There isn’t a difference – a Lutheran IS a Christian! Christianity is our religion, and Lutheranism is our denomination. It is one expression of Christianity. Visit the ELCA website to learn more about what makes Lutherans distinct!

“What ‘flavor’ of Lutheran is Christus Victor, and how is that different from other Lutherans?”

Christus Victor belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which is based in Chicago. The ELCA shares its roots with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church. We share the same book of confessions (The Book of Concord), but the ELCA is unique among Lutheran bodies in America for several reasons, including its ordination of women and its acceptance of all baptized people to the communion table. For more information on the ELCA, go to http://www.elca.org.

“I’m not Lutheran, or I’m from a different Lutheran body. Can I take communion?”bread and wine

Yes! We welcome all baptized Christians who believe that Christ is truly present in the sacrament to partake of this feast. You are welcome to come forward regardless and receive a blessing. If you are unable to come forward, we will gladly bring communion to you in your seat. Just let us know!

“I was baptized in a church that isn’t Lutheran. Do I have to be rebaptized?”

No, there is no need. Like most Christian churches, Lutherans recognize that Baptism is not a denominational thing. Anyone baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is, as far as we are concerned, a baptized child of God, whether that baptism took place in a Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist or other church, and whether it was by “sprinkling,” “pouring” or “immersion”—the method doesn’t matter to us!

“I’m only in town for part of the year, and I don’t want to give up my membership up North. Is there a way I can still get member benefits?”

Yes! Our associate members are some of our most active members when they are in town. Associate membership allows you to keep your membership at another church, while still receiving all of the normal member benefits at Christus Victor (for example, reception of church communications, a name badge, a financial record of all offerings given, the ability to chair a committee, and representation on council).