Christ the King is a deeply Lutheran congregation, that is to say we are decidedly Christ-centered and joyfully recognize that the Lord still abides with His people, affording us the gifts that stem from His cross and empty tomb – namely, the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. In a world that is increasingly profane we desire to be filled with God’s holiness – a gift of such remarkable value and substance that nothing else compares. Whereas we see the church in various quarters being unduly influenced by the world, like importing an entertainment style of worship, we recognize that the church has a culture all her own – a culture that is visible on Sunday morning. Christ the King Lutheran Church is, therefore, deeply liturgical. We warmly embrace the pattern of worship that has come to us through two thousand years of church history. This worship (Divine Service) amplifies those principles, which are most true and most sturdy.
The liturgy and worship life at Christ the King amplifies the fact that the Son of God became man (Incarnation), that He perfectly fulfilled God’s Law in our stead, that He bore the sum total of humanity’s sin in His flesh on the cross and with His holy blood paid the full price for our salvation (Atonement), that He rose again from the dead, that He ascended into heaven and on the Last Day He will raise all the dead and will create a new heaven and a new earth, but that even now the crucified and risen Lord is among us, serving us with all the bounty of His death and resurrection.
Far from being stale or abstract principles, these truths are supremely applicable to our lives in this age and it is in looking at Christ that we discover what it is to be human. Our lives in this world are anchored in the crucified, risen and reigning Lord.
Quite simply, the whole life of Christ our King is savored and extolled in this place.
The result is a body of believers who cherish the Scriptures, the depth of our Lutheran teaching, and one another.
is the Triune God revealed by Jesus Christ and taught in the Holy Scriptures. (Mt. 28:20; 13-16;2 Cor. 13:14)
is conceived and born sinful, dead to God, predisposed to sin, without fear, love, or trust in God, and lacking the ability of the will to turn toward God. As a result, every human being is born under God’s judgment of eternal death and condemnation. (Eph 2:1-10; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 1:1-3:20)
is both the true God, eternally begotten of the Father, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, and is the only Savior from sin. (Jn 1:1-3, 14; Lk 2:11; 1 Tim 2:5-6; 1 Jn 5:20; Acts 4:12) –who, by His perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross, has won the entire forgiveness of sins and eternal life for all people ( Rom 3:21-26; Gal 4:4-5; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Jn 2:2) –who rose bodily from the dead on the third day after His death ( 1 Cor 15:3-5; Mt 28; Mk 16:1-8; Lk 24; Jn 20) –who currently resides over all things at the right hand of His Father ( Eph 4:10-12)
Pastor Smith was born in St. Louis, MO to Wiley James Sidney (III) and Carol Lucinda Smith in June of 1963. The youngest of five siblings, Wiley (IV) was ordered up by his parents due to the death of an older sibling (muscular dystrophy). The elder Wiley was a chemical engineer and Mrs. Smith was a homemaker.
In 1971 the Smith clan relocated to Oregon where Wiley the younger grew up playing tennis and generally getting into trouble. After graduating from the University of Oregon (psychology) the future pastor met the love of his life and the world was forever changed (at least for him and Alise). Alise Delaine Larsen took a remarkable leap of faith and agreed to wed her adoring suitor. May 23, 1987 was the day God blessed the young couple with the gift of Holy Matrimony.
Christ the King Lutheran Church was established in 1969 and is a member congregation of the 2.6 million member Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. We are a small community of Christians, with about 250 members, that endeavors to teach and practice the historic Christian Faith.
Christ the King Lutheran church is located at 1505 Ford Street on the corner of Ford Street and South Ave in Redlands, California. The church may be reached by going south on the Ford Street exit from Interstate 10.