St. John's Lutheran Church is a church focused first and foremost on the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel declares to us that God isn't angry, wrathful or disassociated from his people. Rather God, through his Son Jesus Christ, is shown to be merciful, forgiving, loving and deeply committed to mankind in a personal manner.
The focus of our teaching is from the Holy Bible which we confess is the inspired Word of God. That Bible dictates all of our teaching and practice. We believe that the Bible's main purpose is to show us Jesus and that through Jesus we have eternal life. (John 20:21-22) Our sermons and studies are filled with the Good News of God's love and are rooted in the Word of God.
St. John's teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being "Lutheran," St. John's accepts and teaches Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
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.
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.
St. John's is a "confessional" congregation. We hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century.
Adapted from A Week in the Life of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House.