St. John’s is a group of believers gathered around Jesus Christ. As such, here are the prominent features of our congregation:
The term evangelical comes from the Greek word meaning "Gospel," or "good news." We believe that all people have sinned, and God’s punishment for sin is damnation. But the good news is found in Jesus Christ, who perfectly kept God’s law, endured the punishments of death and hell on our behalf, and rose from death on Easter Sunday.
That Gospel message is the centerpiece of our Lutheran faith, and it is not private. We openly confess what Christ has done for us, and we seek to execute the commission Jesus himself gave to the church:
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)
"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men..." (1 Timothy 2:3-6)
We believe that the Bible is:
Absolute Truth: "I am the LORD, and there is no other... I, the LORD, speak the Truth; I declare what is right." (Isaiah 45:18-19)
The Eternal Word of God: "Your Word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens." (Psalm 119:89)
The Inerrant Word of God: "…the Words of the LORD are flawless..." (Psalm 12:6)
Inspired by God, Written by Man: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We also hold to the Lutheran Confessions, a series of public statements made during the time of the German Reformation, as clear declarations of the teachings of the Bible. To learn more about them, tap the buttons below:
All that we have belongs to the Lord. Compelled by the love of God and out of gratitude to him, we freely offer him our time, talents, and treasures to the work of his kingdom. Our good works do not save us. But, by faith, we believe that our purpose in life is to glorify God in all we think, say and do. We serve God by serving others.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me." (Matthew 25:40)
To be liturgical means to follow a particular order of worship. We believe our God is a God of order and we desire to worship him on his own terms. The traditional form of worship that we follow is largely pulled from God’s Word itself, and is an excellent declaration of the Gospel. It’s main parts have been intact since about the second century, and were reinforced by Lutheran teaching during the Reformation.
Our services also follow a liturgical church year. Its purpose is not simply to mark the passage of time, but to celebrate, understand more fully, and honor Christ. The church year follows Christ from his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, to his triumphant return as judge and king.
Our hymns, too, teach the great Truths of the Word of God. Their emphasis is on honoring and understanding God, who He is, and what He has done for us. In short, we seek to sing the Gospel. In doing so, our hearts are inspired and stirred, in love for God and for one another.
"But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." (1 Corinthians 14:40)
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:28-29)
God comes to us through his Word and through the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism. By our faith in Christ, we share an intimate bond with one another unlike any the world has to offer. Being in agreement with one another in what we believe is foundational to our fellowship with one another.
"...if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin." (1 John 1:5-7)
"I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." (1 Corinthians 1:10)
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in Spirit and in Truth." (John 4:23-24)
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice." (Psalm 105:1-3)