What We Believe
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 persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being “Lutheran,” our congregations accept and teach 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, Faith alone, Scripture 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 Him.
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.
As a member congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, St. John Lutheran Church acknowledges and accepts all the canonical books of the Old Testament and the New Testament as the written Word of God and only rule and norm of faith and practice. The congregation also accepts all the Confessional Writings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord of the year 1580, to be a true and genuine exposition of the doctrines of the Word of God. These confessional writings are: the three Ecumenical Creeds (Apostles', Nicene, Athanasian), the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, The Smalcald Articles, Luther's Large Catechism, Luther's Small Catechism, and the Formula of Concord.