A Place to Worship, to learn and to serve

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is a warm caring fellowship of Faith. Our congregation, which has grown to over 300, strives to communicate God's awesome gift of love to our ever changing world. We are a collection of natives of East Tennessee and transplants from other parts of the country who now call East Tennessee our home. We share a common faith in Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.

  • Pastors:  Mark Rhoads & Brian Truog

    Our Beginnings:
    • 1996 A group of people, led by the Holy Spirit sought to plant a new Lutheran Church in East Tennessee.
    • 1997 We worshipped in a store front while purchasing 7 acres on Highway 72 and Wade Road.
    • 1998 A building committee was established as Rev. Bob Torgler served as worship leader.
    • 1999 Dedicated members paid for the property
    • 2000 In May the construction of the new worship facility was begun.
    • 2001 The first worship Service in the new church was held on January 7th. On August 26th our first permanent pastor, Rev. Jim Kirk, was installed.
    • 2009 The church membership has now grown to over 300. We have added a Christian Ministry Center that will expand our worship and fellowship facilities.

    Who we are:
    • We are a people who share a common faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
    • We are natives of East Tennessee and transplants from other parts of the country.
    • We live in Blount, Loudon, Knox, Monroe, and Roane counties.
    • We worship with different styles in order to meet people's needs
    • We are a growing church with over 200 in worship on a regular basis

  • Pastor's Message

    As part of our observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we have been looking at some of our favorite Luther quotes. Brother Martin has been greeting us in the lobby of the Christian Ministry Center with a different quote each week! I came across an interesting quote from Luther reminding us that memorizing Scripture is a good practice no matter what age we may be.
    “When children are old enough to begin grasping the concepts of faith, they should make a habit of bringing home verses of Scripture from church. They should recite these verses to their parents at mealtime. Then they should write the verses down and put them in little pouches or pockets, just as they put pennies and other coins in a purse. Let the pouch of faith be a golden one. Verses about coming to faith, such as Psalm 51:5; John 1:29; Romans 4:25; and Romans 5:12 are like gold coins for that little pouch. Let the pouch of love be a silver one. The verses about doing good, such as Matthew 5:11; Matthew 25:40; Galatians 5:13 and Hebrews 12:6 are like silver coins for this pouch.
    No one should think they are too smart for this game and look down on this kind of child’s play. Christ had to become a man in order to train us. If we want to train children, then we must become children with them. I wish this kind of child’s play was more widespread. In a short time, we would see an abundance of Christian people rich in Scripture and in the knowledge of God. They would make more of these pouches, and by using them, they would learn all of Scripture.
    As it is now, people go to hear a sermon and leave again unchanged. They act like a sermon is only worth the time it takes to hear it. No one thinks about learning anything from it or remembering it. Some people listen to sermons for three or four years and still don’t learn enough to respond to a single question about faith. More than enough has been written in books, but not nearly enough has been driven into our hearts.” (Luther’s Works, American Edition 53:66)
    What Scripture treasures will you take home with you from this Sunday’s sermon? Do you have a place to keep these treasures?
    Pastor Brian Truog

  • Pastor's Message

    For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    (1 Corinthians 1:25)

    Like most people in our community, and country, I watched the solar eclipse last month. Like most people, I marveled at the amazing dis-play of God’s creative power and wisdom. Events like this are significant because they help us cele-brate what is often taken for granted. I admit, like most people, I rarely think about the rotation of the earth and how all the celestial bodies fit per-fectly in the heavens. However, what we accept as common knowledge was once considered fool-ishness.

    For centuries, the wisdom of man stated the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around it. Copernicus (1474-1543) was a renowned astronomer and Catholic clergy-man. His studies suggested the sun was the center of the universe, with the earth rotating around it.
    However, the Church and society considered him foolish. One prominent theologian cited Joshua 10:12-13 as “proof” that the sun moves around the earth. It would take decades for this “wisdom” to gain wide acceptance.

    Around this same time, another Catholic theologian was sharing his newfound “wisdom.” The commonly accepted belief was that man earned salvation through a series of good works and acts of penance. While studying the Bible, Martin Luther discovered salvation was a free gift from God. He discovered Jesus, the Son of God, was the center of salvation. Luther cited Scriptures like Romans 3:21-24 to challenge the Church’s teachings and practices and pro-claimed salvation was by grace alone, faith in Christ alone as taught in Scripture alone. Like Copernicus, Luther’s “wisdom” was rejected and labeled foolishness by the Church. It would take decades for this wisdom to gain wide ac-ceptance.

    Like most Christians, it is easy for me to take the Gospel message for granted since I have always embraced the wisdom of Scripture. This month, I am looking forward to several special celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I appreciate these events because they remind me of the amazing grace of God. I hope you will join me in celebrating all the gifts of God this month—in Sunday worship, weekly Bible Studies, and special events.

    Dear friends in Christ, the wisdom of man can, and will, change. New discoveries and in-sights occur on a regular basis. The wisdom of God never changes. I pray this wisdom gives you strength and joy to face any and all changes you might face in your life.

    Pastor Mark Rhoads