Who is Jesus?

For more than 2,000 years people have asked the question, “Who is Jesus?”.  We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of his birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection.  Study of the Bible, God's Word, will enable you to seek out the answer to this age-old question.  

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.

Grace 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.

 

Faith alone 

 

 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.

Scripture alone 

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.

For more detail on the Lutheran understanding of God and mankind, visit The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod here: The Lutheran Church - Missori Synod

The
Mission of
St. John
Evangelical
Lutheran Church
is to hear the Gospel
of Jesus Christ and joyfully to
proclaim it
to the World
through:
Worship,
Education,
Service,
Fellowship,
Outreach.

You are a very precious and special child of God.

  • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  Psalm 139:13

 

In spite of being created in God’s image, we’ve managed to mess up our relationship with him, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t fix it.

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

  • Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.  Romans 3:20

 

But God loves us so much he planned to restore our relationship by sending his son Jesus to pay the ultimate price.

  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

  • But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Our response to God’s love for us is to share that love with others – through service and by telling them what he has done for us.

  • 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. Matthew 28:19

  • We love because he first loved us.  1 John 4:19

  • Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

  • 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

 

We the members of St John invite you to join with us in worship, Bible Study, and as we serve God by serving others.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of St. John should attend the Adult Information Class.  This is an 8-week introduction to the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective that is offered several times each year.  It provides information about the basic Christian teachings as well as a description of the various ministries at St. John and how to become involved.

If you are transferring an active membership from another Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation, you are encouraged to attend the Adult Information Class.  This is a good opportunity to review the basic teachings of our faith.

During the information course, you will be invited to fill out an application to join St. John.  Some people are ready to join right away, and others need more time.

After completing the class and submitting the application, adults are received into membership through a simple ceremony during a worship service. You will be received through one of the following.

  • Transfer of Membership - For those transferring from another Lutheran congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS).

  • Reaffirmation of Faith - For those who have been confirmed Lutheran, but presently have no church home and desire to re-establish their communicant status.

  • Adult Confirmation - For those coming from either no previous church background or a non-Lutheran background. As a member of St. John you will be part of a caring congregation which holds to the truths of our Biblical foundation and looks for innovative ways of sharing Jesus' love with others in our community. We also encourage all members to take advantage of the many opportunities for spiritual growth which St. John offers.

 

For more information on becoming a member, please contact the Church Office at 708/366-3226.

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