Grace alone. Faith alone. Scripture alone.
St. John's Lutheran Church and School is 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. The 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
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.