Welcome to St. John’s Lutheran Church. We are a confessional congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).
We preach a crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins. Eternal life is found in him and him only and he is the only path for salvation.
With this we believe and confess:
• There is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
• Every human being is conceived and born in sin (original sin) and deserves temporal and eternal punishment. We would be cast into eternal damnation apart from Jesus Christ.
• This Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, was crucified on the cross, dead, buried, and rose again to life in his body on the third day. He has ascended to the right hand of God the Father almighty and will come again on the final day to be our judge.
• We believe that a person is saved solely by the grace of Jesus Christ and that we are justified by faith which is created by the Holy Spirit.
• We believe the Bible (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired and true inerrant word of God.
The Holy Sacraments
We recognize two Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
In Holy Baptism Christ makes us his own by washing us and making us a new creation in him. Christ himself commanded us to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, all people are to be baptized. Being Baptized into Christ’s death, we have been buried with him and as he was raised from the dead, so too have we been raised a new creation to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).
This is what the Apostle Peter says concerning Baptism:
Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are fall off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself (Acts 2:38-39 NASB). Notice how he proclaims in Baptism you receive both forgiveness and the Holy Spirit, and that it’s for you, your children, and all people. This is what we believe teach and confess at St. John’s.
Likewise, this same Apostle also tells us: Baptism now saves you, not a removal of dirt from the flesh but an appeal to God for a good conscience(1Peter 3:21).
The Lord’s Supper: In this Sacrament Christ strengthens and nourishes his Church by feeding us his true body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:28).
The Apostle Paul tells us those who eat without discerning the body eat and drink judgement upon themselves, (1 Corinthians 11: 29) therefore, we take this sacrament with the most sincerity.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as he says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, that they may show forth his death until he comes. Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith, which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, are in doubt or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, are asked to refrain. Please speak with the Pastor for a better understanding and/or to schedule an Adult Membership Class. For further study, see Matt. 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15–35; 26:26–29; 1 Cor. 11:17–34.
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