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Our Beliefs

 

At St. John, our Core Values are:
Philippians 3:7-8a (CEV) “Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
 
Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
 
John 13:34-35 (CEV) “I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are My disciples.”
 
Our Mission is to:                          Know Jesus!
                                                             Tell About Jesus!
                                                                Love as Jesus Loves!
 
We believe…
...in the Trinity* – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (* The word “Trinity” means “three-in-one” or “one-in-three”. Christians are “Trinitarian,” which means that we believe there is one God who reveals Himself to us in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)
...that God the Father lovingly created us and all that exists, that He provides for us and protects us. God is completely good, all-powerful and has no beginning or end.
...that our loving God created humans to love and obey Him as God. But we disobey and ignore God. Our self-centered sin has broken our relationship with God, other people and the environment, and eventually causes our death and the hell of separation from God forever. All human beings are born in sin and can’t live the good life that God intends for us.
...that God loves the world so much that He gave His only Son to save us. Jesus willingly died on a cross for our sins, but rose to life again. He offers every person complete forgiveness and a new, eternal relationship with God. All who believe this  and are baptized will be saved and spend a joyful eternity with God.
...that we can’t believe this Good News by our own effort, so God gave His Holy Spirit to live in us and give us faith. The Holy Spirit gathers believers in Jesus together to form the Christian Church.
...that God wants us not just to believe in Him, but to know Him [Philippians 3:7-8]– to have a close, personal relationship with Jesus as our Savior, Lord and best friend. Jesus calls us not just to be church members, but to be His disciples – to grow more and more like Him.
...that our purpose as Jesus’ disciples is to obey His “Great Commission” [Matthew 28:19-20] – to tell everyone about Him and to “make disciples” for Him from all nations and His “Great Command” [John 13:34] – to love one another as Jesus loves us.
...that the Bible – both Old and New Testaments – are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of the church’s proclamation, faith and life.
...that Jesus gives us His grace and forgiveness through the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. In baptism, God forgives our sin, claims us as His own children and gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit. In Holy Communion, God forgives our sins and strengthens us for service in the world.
...that all this is a free gift from our loving God. We are saved and have a relationship with God, not by our own efforts or decision, but by God’s free gift of grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ whom we can know through God’s Word alone – the Bible.
 
  
St. John Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
What is the “ELCA”?


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America resulted from a union of three North American Lutheran church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.

The three churches agreed to unite in 1982. The plan was approved by church conventions in 1986 and the ELCA constituting convention was held April 30-May 3, 1987, with the church actually beginning operations in January 1, 1988.
 
 
ELCA members are part of a strong global network of people living out their faith and making the world a better place.
Through the ELCA Global Mission unit, the ELCA supports missionaries and companion church ministries in over 90 countries.
Programs that address the root causes of hunger and poverty are funded through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
Through participation in the Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and other Lutheran partner organizations, the ELCA joins Lutherans around the world in seeking solutions for the healing of the world.
When disaster strikes, ELCA International Disaster Response brings God’s comfort, healing and renewal. When the dust settles and the media go home, we stay – to provide ongoing assistance for the sick, unemployed, homeless and grieving.
 
Baptized Members (2009): 4,774,203
Congregations: 10,470
Synods: 65 in nine geographic regions
The ELCA considers education an important part of our calling, and we offer quality education at every level through our institutions: 8 seminaries and 2 seminary extension centers, 28 colleges and universities, 50 or more lifelong learning programs, 14 high schools, 296 elementary schools, 1,573 early childhood programs, 145 camp and retreat centers, serving 450,000 yearly.