Centered in Christ the Crucified
St. John Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod and it is for sinners only. If you are burdened by your sins, if you know that you are not right before God, we can help. Motivated by the apostle Paul's resolve to preach nothing but Christ and him crucified, we are committed to preaching the pure and true Gospel of Jesus Christ, that he alone is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus Christ has been crucified for all sinners. In his death, all sin has been paid for. In the preaching of that Gospel message, sinners receive the forgiveness of their sins.
Traditional, Confessional, and Liturgical
Adhering firmly to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is crucial for salvation. When such adherence to the Gospel is not firm, salvation can then be doubted. God does not want this. He wants all people to come to a knowledge of the truth. He wants you to be sure of your salvation in Jesus Christ. To that end, as a Lutheran congregation, we cling to the correct teachings about the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they are found in the Lutheran Confessions, also known as the Book of Concord. These Confessions are not the inerrant, infallible word of God, as is the Bible, but they are the proper teachings concerning the Bible. In that light, we are a Confessional congregation.
We understand that the truths of the Gospel that we believe have been passed down to us by those who have come before us. We acknowledge that many of the traditions of the Church are rooted firmly in the Gospel. Those that are not, we do not follow. In this sense, we are a traditional congregation. Along those same lines, we believe the Church has worshiped using a historic liturgy that has been passed down through the generations. We find comfort using this Divine Service, knowing first and foremost that it gives to us the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and secondly, that it unites us with all the body of Christ -- the communion of saints -- who have gone before us. In this way, we are also a liturgical congregation.
Law and Gospel
Another characteristic that makes the Lutheran Church unique is its respect and use of Law and Gospel. We at St. John believe that the Word of God is rightly divided into Law and Gospel. The Law are those statements that teach us what it is we are to do as humans and as Christians. Because we are born in sin and born sinful, we cannot keep God's Word. His Law makes this clear to us. Because we are sinful, the Law offers us no hope -- it cannot save us from our sin. That is where the Gospel comes in. The Gospel are those statements that teach us what God has already done for us and is doing for us in and through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel makes it clear that Jesus Christ has fully won for you salvation. His words on the cross, "It is finished," make it official. There is nothing left that you can do to save yourself. Jesus has done it all. Such is the sweetness of the Gospel.
The Means of Grace
As a confessional Lutheran congregation, we believe thoroughly in the power of the Means of Grace, that is Word and Sacraments. What Christ Jesus has won for us on the cross -- forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation -- he gives to us freely in the Word of his Gospel and in Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These Means of Grace are everything to the Christian as they give to us what we need to grow in faith in Christ and love for God.