Our Mission

As Christians learning continuously about God’s grace and growing daily in our common faith, Star of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church exists to serve God and all people with the true Word of God by sharing the faith, hope, and love that are ours through Jesus Christ.

Our Congregation

Our congregation has had the privilege of proclaiming God's sure truth of forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ since its founding in 1960s as Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In 1998, our name was changed to Star of Bethlehem. In a world of inconsistency and contradictions, we are blessed to have the island of stability and certainty that is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Star of Bethlehem serves the greater Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area, also providing WELS Campus Ministry to the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, Millikin University, Lakeland Community College, and Parkland Community College. We are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), an association of more than 1,200 congregations and 400,000 members with churches in each of the 50 states.

Our Beliefs

Star of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), a group of Christians across this country and around the world, that is committed to the authority and integrity of God’s Holy Word, the Bible. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead to save the world from sin, and that all who believe in Him will spend eternity in heaven.

Christ’s love, which he demonstrated by his perfect life and by his suffering and death on the cross, is the foundation for our relationship with God, the focus of our faith, and the motivation for all we do as Christians. In that same love for sinners Christ not only lived and died to set us free from sin and guilt, but he also rose again in victory on the first Easter Sunday, assuring us that his victory is our victory and that his resurrection is our resurrection. Saved by his grace alone, we look forward to his glorious return as we proclaim the good news of what his love has accomplished.

We Believe and Teach

The entire Bible is the true and inerrant Word of God.
We believe that Adam and Eve lost their divine image when they yielded to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God’s command. This brought upon them the judgment of God: “You will surely die” (Genesis 2:17). Since that time all people are conceived and born in a sinful condition (Psalm 51:5) and are inclined only to evil (Genesis 8:21). “Flesh gives birth to flesh” (John 3:6). Since all people are by nature dead in sin and separated from God (Ephesians 2:1), they are unable to reconcile themselves to God by their own efforts and deeds.
Sinners are saved by grace alone, not through human works. Grace is the undeserved love of God for sinners.

There is only one true God. He has made Himself known as the triune God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, one with the Father from all eternity.
Jesus Christ was sent by the Father to redeem all people, that is, to buy them back from the guilt and punishment of sin. Through faith alone we receive the forgiveness won by Christ.

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