Abundant Life Lutheran Church

A Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Lutheran Church


For more info, contact: Pastor Christopher Stout (704)750-1463

Sunday Worship Service 11:00 am


908 Kenilworth Av, Charlotte, NC 28204


Adult Bible Study and Childrens' Sunday School:
Each Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:45 am


Thursday evening Mid-week services at 6:30 pm.


Regular, Large Print, and Braille materials available.

Who is Jesus?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus, "I stand at the door and knock"

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.



Take the time to get to know HIM! Find a local Missouri Synod Lutheran Church -- congregation and be made holy through our Lord's Word.  


Abundant Life Lutheran Church

A Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Lutheran Church

For more info, contact: Pastor Christopher Stout (704)750-1463 

908 Kenilworth Av, Charlotte, NC 28204

Sunday Worship Service 11:00 am 

Adult Bible Study and Childrens' Sunday School: Each Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Thursday evening Mid-week services: 6:30 pm. Light meal then worship service. 

Regular, Large Print, and Braille materials available.


Take the time to get to know HIM! Find a local Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod congregation and be made holy through our Lord's Word.  


                    Martin Luther's Definition of Faith

            Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream 
       is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by 
       good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they
       speak and hear much about faith. ``Faith is not enough,'' they
       say, ``You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.''
       They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working,
       creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says, ``I
       believe.'' That is what they think true faith is. But, because
       this is a human idea, a dream, the heart never learns anything
       from it, so it does nothing and reform doesn't come from this
       `faith,' either.

            Instead, faith is God's work in us, that changes us and gives 
       new birth from God. (John 1:13). It kills the Old Adam and makes us
       completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits,
       our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with
       it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this
       faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn't
       stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone
       asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without
       ceasing.  Anyone who does not do good works in this manner is an
       unbeliever.  He stumbles around and looks for faith and good
       works, even though he does not know what faith or good works are.
       Yet he gossips and chatters about faith and good works with many

            Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of 
       God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.
       Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy,
       joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The
       Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you
       freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve
       everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who
       has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to
       separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from
       fire! Therefore, watch out for your own false ideas and guard
       against good-for-nothing gossips, who think they're smart enough
       to define faith and works, but really are the greatest of fools.
       Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without
       faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do.


       This text was translated for Project Wittenberg by Rev. Robert E.
       Smith and is in the public domain.  You may freely distribute,
       copy or print this text.  

Martin Luther's Colorful Sayings

There is nothing I want more than to make His Gospel known to the world and to convert many people (LW 26:379).

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man would stake his life on it a thousand times . . . O, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith; and so it is impossible for it not to do good works incessantly (Romans’ Preface).

Rather than seeking its own good, the love of God flows forth and bestows good. Therefore sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive (LW 31:57).

Oh, if I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat! All his thoughts are concentrated on the piece of meat. Otherwise he has no thought, wish, or hope (LW 54:38).

I am accordingly compelled to pray it [the Catechism] every day, even aloud, and whenever I happen to be prevented by the press of duties from observing my hour of prayer, the entire day is bad for me (LW 54:17).

It is impossible to keep peace between man and woman in family life if they do not condone and overlook each other’s faults, but watch everything to the smallest point. For who does not at one time offend (W 1, 457)?

Those who are troubled with melancholy ought to be very careful not to be alone, for God created the fellowship of the church and commanded brotherliness, as the Scriptures testify, ‘Woe to him who is alone when he falls, etc.’ [Eccles. 4:10] (LW 54:16).

Our Lord God must be a devout man to be able to love knaves. I myself can’t do it, although I am a knave myself (LW 54:32).

For some years now I have read through the Bible twice every year. If you picture the Bible to be a mighty tree and every word a little branch, I have shaken every one of these branches because I wanted to know what it was and what it meant (LW 54:165).

I wouldn’t give up my Katy for France or for Venice (LW 54:7).

We should preach the Word, but the results must be left solely to God’s good pleasure . . . I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything (LW 51:77).

Dear friends, the kingdom of God, - and we are that kingdom - does not consist in talk or words, but in activity, in deeds, in works and exercises. God does not want hearers and repeaters of words, but followers and doers, and this occurs through faith and love. For a faith without love is not enough - rather it is not faith at all, but a counterfeit faith (LW 51:71).

Therefore doctrine and life should be distinguished as sharply as possible. Doctrine belongs to God, not to us; and we are called only as its ministers. Therefore we cannot give up or change even one dot of it (Matt. 5:18). Life belongs to us; therefore when it comes to this, there is nothing that the Sacramentarians can demand from us that we are not willing and obliged to undertake, condone, and tolerate (LW 27:37).

A curse on a love that is observed at the expense of the doctrine of faith, to which everything must yield - love, an apostle, an angel from heaven, etc.! (LW 27:38).

Music is an outstanding gift of God and next to theology. I would not give up my slight knowledge of music for a great consideration. And youth should be taught this art; for it makes fine skillful people (W-T 3, No. 3815).

Nor am I at all of the opinion that all the arts are to be overthrown and cast aside by the Gospel, as some superspiritual people protest; but I would gladly see all the arts, especially music, in the service of Him who has given and created them (W 35, 474).

if you are highly pleased when someone praises you in the presence of others; if perhaps you look for praise, and would sulk or quit what you are doing if you did not get it — if you are of that stripe, dear friend, then take yourself by the ears, and if you do this in the right way you will find a beautiful pair of big, long, shaggy donkey ears (LW 34:288).


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Abundant Life Each Sunday - 

Adult Bible Study:  10am -10:45am

Childrens' Bible Study: 10am - 10:45pm

Sunday Worship service will be held at 11am.


Abundant Life Each Thursday-

Bible study and Family style meal together beginning at 6:30pm
Meal donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children 13 and younger. If this donation is a burden, accommodations can and will be made. 

Recent Projects

Please donate your used-unused cell phones. It doesn't matter how long they've been in your junk drawer. ~smile~ One of our members volunteers at a battered woman's shelter and the donated phones will be taken there to be reprogrammed and given to the women for emergency calls.


Happy Easter!

image of dove with olive branch, butterfly,and the words Happy Easter John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Draped wooden cross with Easter lilies and sunrise


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