What We Stand for at St. John's
We Are a Confessional Lutheran Church
We maintain doctrine based only on the Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions based on His Word. We believe the canonical Scriptures are 1) the absolute truth, 2)eternal, 3) the inerrant Word of God; 4) fully inspired by God and written by man.
We proclaim in our creeds (the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds) the triune God, three distinct persons in one God: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
"I am the LORD, and there is no other... I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right." Isaiah 45:18-19
"Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens." Psalm 119:89
"And the words of the LORD are flawless" Psalm 12:6
"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 acknowledge that if left to our own devices, we are lost— we are hopeless sinners in need of a Savior. But only through God's great love, through the working of the Holy Spirit, through faith in the substitutionary, sacrificial, atoning death of Christ, we are saved.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:23-24
All we believe is in keeping with the true Word of the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions (The Book of Concord) which are based on His Word. For a more detailed summary of what we believe, please click on and read: This We Believe.
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We Are an Evangelical Lutheran Church
We believe that our faith in the Gospel should not be private. Jesus wants us to confess publically what we believe in our hearts. This Gospel cannot be selfishly hoarded. Commanded by Christ, we are to proclaim it to all.
"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men 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
"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
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We Are a Servant Church
We believe that our good works cannot earn our salvation. However, compelled by the love of God and out of gratitude to Him for all He has done for us, we willingly offer Him our time, talents and treasures. We know that all we have belongs to the Lord. We believe that our purpose in life is to glorify God in all we think, say and do and 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
Our church offers many opportunities for service through our boards, organizations, and missions.
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We Reverently Worship Our Lord
Because we believe our God is a God of Order and that He must be worshipped on His terms, in what is good and pleasing to Him, we follow a traditional, liturgical worship service. Following the example of Martin Luther, as most Lutherans have since the time of the Reformation, St. John's Order of Service follows the pattern of worship that has been used in Christian churches since about the second century. The historic pattern consists, first of all, of five songs (called the Ordinary) that review the basic teachings about salvation: Kyrie, Gloria, Creed (more often spoken in our congregations), Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. Secondly, the historic pattern consists of a set of lessons, prayers, and songs (called the Proper) which can take their themes from the Christian Church Year calendar. Thirdly, the historic pattern regularly includes the Sacrament of the Altar, Holy Communion (called the Meal). The three main orders of service in the WELS hymnal are based on the historic Christian Service.
We also worship within the context of the Liturgical Church Year. The purpose of the Liturgical Year Calendar is not to mark the passage of time, but to celebrate, understand more fully, and honor Christ-- by following Christ, from His birth, His life, His death and resurrection, His ascension (and God's great gift of the Holy Spirit to us), to His triumphal return as Judge and King!
"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
We glorify and thank God through hymns of praise. Our hymns are not repetitious. Our feelings are not the chief objective. Our hymns teach the great Truths of the Word of God, where the emphasis is on honoring and understanding God, who He is and what He has done for us. It is through understanding with our minds that our hearts are inspired and stirred, in love for God and for one another.
"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
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We Share a Close Fellowship within Our Congregation
Through our faith in the salvation of Christ and through God's Word and Sacrament, 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.
"...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
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