St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  With the universal Christian Church, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod 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 person of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God. 

 

Our congregation believes, teaches, and confesses the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.  The teachings of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in the three "solas" of the Reformation:  Grace alone.  Faith alone.  Scripture alone.

 

SOLA GRATIA – Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love.  Yet, He sent Jesus, His only-begotten Son, to show love to the unlovable and redeem the ungodly.  

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)

 

SOLA FIDE – Faith Alone

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, by the power of the Holy Spirit and gives to all people full and free forgiveness in Christ .  

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Romans 5:1-ESV)

 

SOLA SCRIPTURA – Scripture Alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word.  It cannot nor does it ever lie or deceive.  In His Word He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.  It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine. 

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”   (2 Timothy 3:16-17-ESV)

 

Our church holds to and teaches according to the Lutheran Confessions (The Book of Concord).  You can find these online at:  

http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=414

 

A great reference of our beliefs can be found in a series of pamphlets called the “What About?” Series.  These pamphlets were written by former Synod President Rev. Dr. A.L. Barry.  They address doctrinal topics, moral issues, and concerns in the church to help Christians grow in their understanding of these important questions.  You can find these online at:  

http://www.lcms.org/belief-and-practice

 

 

 

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the church office and schedule a time to speak with our Pastor and discuss becoming a member here at St. John's.