What We Believe
At St. John's Lutheran Church we are Christ-Centered and Cross Focused. We hold firmly to the truth that we are saved by grace through faith and that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Our congregation believes, teaches, and confesses the doctrines contained in The Book of Concord - The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, because they are a correct exposition of the doctrines of Holy Scripture. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Our Lord speaks and we listen. Worship starts with God. Our life of receiving the gifts of God begins when He places His name upon us in Holy Baptism: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Our lives are ones of constantly hearing God’s Word and receiving his Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sins.
At St. John's we offer the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of the month. In this Holy Communion we confess that we are one people, baptized, chosen, and loved by God, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.
Our worship is:
- Trinitarian - We gather in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
- Christological - Jesus is the center and object of our worship.
- Evangelical - Gospel centered
- Catholic or Ecumenical - Reaches out to the whole world
- Historical - Lutherans revere the past
- Liturgical - We follow an established order
- Traditional - Lutheran worship follows the tradition of the church as expressed in the Apostles' Creed
- Contemporary - Though our eyes are on the past and the future, we worship in the present.