St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
We believe that the Bible is God’s revealing of himself to the world. We believe that the Bible was shared with the world by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, and so we believe that the Bible is free from errors and mistakes. The Bible reveals all we need to know and believe about God to be saved.
Christians in every age have found it necessary to explain what they mean when they say, “We believe what the Bible says,” because many false teachings about “what God says” have arisen and continue to arise. We describe ourselves as “Confessional Lutherans,” which means that we still fully subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions, as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, because they accurately express the truths of God’s holy Word.
Individual Confessions included in the Lutheran Book of Concord
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life; Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and life of the world to come. Amen.
The Athanasian Creed
Whoever will be saved shall, above all else, hold the catholic faith. Which faith, except it be kept whole and undefiled, without doubt, one will perish eternally. And the true Christian faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the Persons nor dividing the substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one; the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated. The Father infinite, the son infinite, and the Holy Spirit infinite. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet there are not three eternals, but one eternal; just as there are not three uncreated, nor three infinites, but one uncreated and one infinite.
Likewise the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, and the Holy Spirit is almighty. And yet there are not three almighties, but one almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. And yet there are not three gods, but one God. Likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord. And yet there are not three lords, but one Lord.
For as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be both God and Lord, so we are forbidden by the true Christian faith to say that there are three gods or three lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made nor created but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three fathers, one Son, not three sons, one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.
And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another; but all three Persons are coeternal together and coequal, so that in all things, as said before, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped. Whoever will be saved is compelled thus to think of the Holy Trinity.
Furthermore it is necessary for everlasting salvation that one also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; perfect God and perfect Man, of a rational soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood. Who, although He is God and Man, yet He is not two but one Christ; One not by changing of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; One indeed, not by confusion of substance, but by oneness of person. For just as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, God almighty, from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all will rise again with their bodies and will give an account of their own works. And they that have done good will enter into life everlasting; and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; whoever does not faithfully and firmly believe this cannot be saved.
The best way for us to explain our beliefs is in a Bible study setting where you can sit down with our pastor and open up the bible to see the basis for our teachings. Here you will find a brief summary of what we believe, teach, and confess:
- That there is only one God, the God of the Bible, who exists eternally as Three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- That God created the universe in six natural days
- That the devil, created as a good angel, chose to rebel against God
- That the first human beings, also created good, were tempted by the devil to join in his rebellion against God, and that they willingly chose to follow the devil
- That all people are, therefore, conceived and born with a thoroughly corrupted, sinful nature, dead in sin and objects of God’s wrath
- That, in his indescribable love, God promised to send a Savior, his Only-begotten Son, to rescue fallen mankind
- Who was born as our human brother so that he could be our Substitute
- Who lived the perfect life of love we have failed to live
- Who suffered for our sins and died the death we deserved to die
- Who truly rose from the dead and freely offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who trust in him as their Substitute
- That this trust or “faith” comes, not by our decision or effort, but only by hearing the Gospel – the Word of Christ through which the Holy Spirit raises spiritually dead sinners to new spiritual life
- That the Holy Spirit only creates and strengthens faith through the Means of Grace – the Gospel in Word and Sacraments (Holy Baptism and Holy Communion)
We would love to share more of our beliefs with you. For more information, please contact us. An introductory study on the teachings of Scripture and the Lutheran Church is offered throughout the year to those who wish to learn, to review, or to explore the possibility of membership in our church.
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