St. John's Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS)
Above all, a Lutheran is a Christian, first and foremost! We believe that we receive the gift of salvation and eternal life completely through the grace of God, as a free gift, and that this gift is received only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. It is Jesus who won our salvation by coming to earth and being born of a virgin, becoming a human being. In Jesus we find two distinct and inseparable natures, human and divine. By becoming a man Jesus fulfilled the righteous life that God demands, and took on our sins so that He could atone for them, die for them, in our place. Our forgiveness and salvation was won at the cross, and it is received by us as a gift through faith. Mankind does not make a choice to accept Jesus as Savior, as all are born spiritually dead due to our inherited sin. God’s grace is dispensed, given, to us through His perfect Word and through the Sacraments (Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper). In the Word and the Sacraments, the “means of grace” the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with God in heaven, and also works faith in our hearts.
A true Lutheran also looks at the Word of God, the Bible, as the inspired revelation to mankind of who God is, His plan for our salvation, and His commands, decrees, laws and teaching on how to live a life that is pleasing to Him in this world and in harmony with His creation. As it has been inspired by God the Holy Spirit, and recorded by men, the Scriptures in their original languages are completely inerrant, infallible, immutable, and sufficient for our salvation, our knowledge of God and for our life in this world. We accept and hold fast to the fact that every word of the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is the truth, and it is the foundation of our belief, our proclamation and our teaching. We hold to the belief that God created the earth in 7 days, and created a mature earth. We believe in the global flood of Noah and the destruction and re-population of the world. All Scriptures point to Jesus as the Christ, the Savior of the World, and that “Jesus is the way the truth and the life, that no one comes to the Father except through him.” John 14:6. According to God’s Word we live in the sure hope of eternal salvation and life through the shed blood of Jesus, and his resurrection. We believe that Jesus returned bodily to heaven, and will return again to earth to gather his people, the Church…all who live by faith in Him…to his eternal Kingdom, a new heaven and a new earth.
As for the Sacraments, Lutherans believe that God pours his grace upon us, His forgiveness, salvation and faith, through Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These Sacraments were instituted by Christ, and we have been commanded by Him to observe them. In Baptism, through the water and the Word of God we receive the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, we are joined to Christ’s life, death and resurrection, we are adopted into the family of God, as sons and daughters, and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who comes to live in our hearts and rule our lives. Baptism is purely an act of God, and nothing that we do of our own power. It is His gift to us. We baptize infants because of the commands of Scripture and the revelation of the need for all mankind, even little children, to receive the gift of God’s Grace. As we come to the Lord's Table for the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, we receive the real body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in and with the bread and the wine. He comes to us to forgive our sins and nourish our faith. In that forgiveness we receive the assurance of our salvation. Jesus has commanded us to do this often, in remembrance of His life, death and resurrection.