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Christ the King Lutheran Church

A Confessional Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod

500 4th Ave. SW
Spencer, IA 51301
Rev. David D. Doellinger
-Vacancy Pastor

We Preach Christ Crucified
1 Corinthians 1:23

A Traditional, Liturgical, Biblical congregation in the Iowa Great Lakes Region
 committed to proclaiming the forgiving presence of Jesus Christ.
Sunday Divine Service - 11:00 am.
10:30 am.
 Sunday School
9:30 am. (September-May)
Lutherans teach that Baptism is a divinely instituted washing of regeneration that is intended for old and young without exception and may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersing. That by it, all who in faith receive this sacrament, are given the grace of God, forgiveness of sins, and the promise of eternal life.
References - Matthew 28:19; Titus 3:5; Mark 10:14; Acts 16:15; Hebrews 10:22; Acts 22:16; 2:3 8; Mark 16:16.

The Sacrament of the Altar
Lutherans teach that the body and blood of Jesus Christ are truly present in, and with, the bread and wine in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, are taken by all who eat and drink at the Lord's Table, are received by the believing Christian for the strengthening of his faith and his growth in godliness, and should be given to those only who have professed their Christian faith.
References - Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:26-29; Matthew 7:6.

Close(d) Communion
The Sacrament of the Altar is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine for us Christians to eat and drink, instituted by Christ Himself.  As we receive this Sacrament, the oneness of fellowship at the Altar (I Corinthians 10:17) presupposes a oneness in doctrine with the Apostles (Acts 2:42). 

For this reason the congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have agreed to follow the Biblical and historical practice of “Closed Communion.”   If you desire to receive the Lord's Supper and are not a communicant member of Christ the King or a sister congregation in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod we respectfully ask that you not commune. 

Rather, we would invite you to speak with Pastor Zimmer about Holy Communion and about becoming a communicant member of this congregation.  It is the sincere prayer of this congregation that our careful practice of the administration of the Lord’s Supper will not be a hindrance to our fellowship with you but instead that it would lead you to appreciate the high regard we have for Christ and His Word concerning this precious gift.

The Office of the Keys
The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.
References - John 20:22-23, Matthew 18:18

Where is this written?
This is what St. John the Evangelist writes in chapter twenty: The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:22–23)