Our Beliefs

St. John's Mission Statement:
As a family united in faith by the Holy Spirit, we exist to worship and praise the Triune God, to be nurtured through His Word and Sacraments, and to share His love in Christ with others.

Our Beliefs:

This congregation is committed to the true and unerring Word of God.

There are certain things that individuals can only do alone. Faith, for one, comes to mind almost immediately. Our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for our rescue and our eternal future is a singular activity that is given to each of us personally by the working and power of the Holy Spirit. Each of us must have in our individual heart that personal trust in Jesus, the Lord of lords and King of kings, for us to be personally blessed by what Jesus has done for the sinners of this world.

That is why when we confess our faith with the words of the Apostles' Creed, we say without hesitation or regret: "I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord..." and "I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church..." The Apostles' Creed was written and used originally in Rome as a personal expression of faith on the part of adults who were about to be baptized. No wonder this creed begins with "I believe..." for this was to be a personal and heartfelt expression of what this person had learned from God's Word. Faith must be personal - a gift of the Holy Spirit.

We can and do appropriately express our faith together as a body of Christians. Just as it is appropriate to say "I believe...", so also is it appropriate to say: "We believe in one God the Father, the Almighty...We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ...We believe in the Holy Spirit..." In fact the Nicene Creed was written in 325 AD as a united expression of what all Christians believed concerning the Triune God. It stands as a lasting testimony to the enduring Christian faith shared by all true believers.

How wonderful it is then to be a family of believers who are by God's grace "Together in Faith." We are together in the marvelous message of the Gospel given to all through the Holy Spirit. Beautifully, Luther explains this reality by saying: "I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth..."

May this express our ongoing willingness to join ourselves together in our effort to expand our facilities so that the ministry of our day school may improve, but may it also express our commitment to more than that. We have a commitment to all share the Gospel. We are joined in faith so that the torch of faith may be passed to many others who now sit in the darkness of unbelief. We are joined in faith, praising our Lord and growing in that faith so that we may reach maturity in Christ our Lord.

May God use St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church to be an instrument for praising the One who loves us so much in Jesus. May He use us all to support the various ministries of our congregation and our synod by our prayers, our dollars and our involvement. Finally, may God keep us faithful and steadfast in the faith that we share from our hearts with one another, for we are together in faith!

For a more detailed, comprehensive explanation of our beliefs, please click here to view This We Believe.