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

    The season of Advent is about being prepared for the coming of Christ. This is seen in the past tense, as we look at how God prepared the world for the coming of the Christ-child at Bethlehem. This is seen in the present tense, as we contemplate a re-birth of Christ in our lives. And, this is seen in the future tense, as we contemplate the promised and unpredictable return of Christ at the end of time.
    For those who are unprepared, the coming of Jesus means judgment. For those who are prepared, it means salvation. We prepare with repentance, prayer and patience. We can find joy and hope as we prepare, because our “readiness” is not based on what we are able to accomplish, but on what God accomplishes through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives through Word and Sacrament.
    Are you better prepared than you were a year ago? Five years ago? Ten years ago? Do you take advantage of the season of Advent to be prepared, or do you ignore Advent and skip right over to Christmas and those half-hearted New Year’s resolutions to be better prepared next year?
    By the time you read this, God-willing, I will have completed my third marathon. I ran my first marathon when I was 50. I am now 62. I am not as physically strong or capable as I was 12 years ago but I feel I am better prepared for this marathon than I was for the first two. I have learned from my mistakes and from my experience. I am not the G.O.A.T., but I feel some affinity to Tom Brady, who seems to be better prepared to play quarterback each year, even though he is older and losing some of his physical abilities.
    I have no idea how this marathon will play out. I hope for good results but there are many factors that could bring a different outcome.
    On the contrary, thanks to the promises of God and the gift of faith that comes to me through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, I know exactly how the coming of Jesus plays out …past, present and future! Preparing for the coming of Jesus is simple, (perhaps we see it as too simple!) yet, it is of utmost importance.
    Don’t overlook the importance of being prepared for the coming of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in your lives. Use the season of Advent to remind you to “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”
    Our Wednesday Evening Advent services provide an opportunity to “prepare” for Jesus, the greatest gift of all time. This year, we prepare for this gift by unwrapping other gifts from God: meditation, prayer and testing. Martin Luther once called these gifts the marks of a true theologian. It is our hope that using these gifts during the Advent season will help you prepare for Christmas in a deeper way.

    Pastor Brian Truog                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Pastor's Message

    Give Thanks!
    “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    (1 Thess. 5:18, ESV)

    I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. I had just seen my good friend Joe accidentally slice his finger open and I couldn't believe the words which came out of his mouth. It happened in 1982, but the words are still ringing in my ears. As the blood poured out from his finger, the first words which came out of his mouth was, “Thank you, Jesus.” I knew he was a Christian who really walked the talk, but this response took me by surprise. When I asked him why he thanked Jesus, Joe quoted the verse cited above. He explained that “all circumstances” meant all circumstances — the good and the bad.

    Giving thanks to God for His many blessings is understandable even if we don't always do it. Good health, a comfortable home and food on the table are easily seen as evidence of God's love and protection. But what about when things don't go “right”? Are we more likely to see misfortune, pain and hardships as evi-dence of God's punishment instead of His love? This concept was very popular in Biblical times.

    When Jesus' disciples saw a man born blind, they asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?” Jesus' response provides insight into how we can give thanks in all circumstances. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:2-3). In other words, the difficulties in our life provide opportunities for God to reveal his love for us in even more powerful ways. His strength is made evident in our weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

    It is God's will that we spend eternity with Him in heaven. That's why He sent His Son, Christ Jesus to be our Savior. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been set free from sin, death and the power of the devil. Thank God!

    Blood flowed from Joe's finger as a result of his carelessness. Blood from Jesus' hands and feet flowed as a result of God's intended purpose. Trusting in His eternal mercy, we can by His grace give thanks to God in all circumstances, and in all places - - home, community, and church.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Pastor Mark R. Rhoads