Purpose & Vision


Our Purpose at St. Johns Lutheran

Biblically Centered:
2 Timothy 3:16-17. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be
competent, equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning
the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

John 17:17
 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Spirit Led:
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you
will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the
earth.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he
will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Section 2.3. Prayer Dependent:
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that
end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Philemon 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
1Thessaloians 5:17 pray without ceasing,

Corporate Worship:
Psalms 100: 1-5 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! 2 Serve the LORD
with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless
his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his
faithfulness to all generations.


Making Disciples:
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and
on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you
always, to the end of the age.”

Congregational Life and Fellowship:
Acts 2:42, 46 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to
the breaking of bread and the prayers. … 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and
breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Act 4:32, 34, 35 32Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and
no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything
in common. … 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of
lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the
apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

 

WE BELIEVE

in the Triune God, the one God who exists in three eternal Persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Son (Jesus) became a man, died for our sins and rose from the dead, and through Him alone one can receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We believe that faith in Christ is necessary for salvation and those without Christ will not be saved. We believe we are saved by the unmerited grace of God and not by our good deeds. We believe that good deeds are the evidence of our faith.

Core Beliefs
St. John’s Lutheran Church is a Bible-believing, Christ-centered church that is a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). The AFLC is headquartered in Plymouth, MN, and is an association of over 275 Lutheran churches located across the country and in Canada. Along with their headquarters, the AFLC has a Bible School and Seminary at their Plymouth location.


The Association of Free Lutheran Churches (AFLC)
The AFLC is a fellowship of independent congregations, who have chosen to be interdependent for the purpose of accomplishing service in the Kingdom of God that cannot best be done alone. The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) was organized in 1962 by 40-50 congregations of the former Lutheran Free Church (LFC), and has grown to become the fourth largest Lutheran church body in the United States with over 270 member congregations.

Building Relationships that Change Lives.
We, as members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, are committed to allowing the Holy Spirit to knit us together in a cross-generational way that honors the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-21. We are committed, in the power of God’s grace, to allow God’s Word to mold and transform us into the congregation and individuals that the Triune God of creation desires (Ephesians 4:1-3). This encompasses both young and old and is accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God. All this is soaked in and saturated with intentional, unified prayer, because apart from Christ, we can do nothing.
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Our Statement of Faith
We believe, confess and adhere to the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired, was without error in its original writing, and is the sole authority for faith and practice. It is the holy, and infallible Word of God revealed for the salvation of man.
We believe in ONE holy and Triune God who is revealed in three distinct persons; The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, yet these three are ONE! The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father or the Son, yet there is ONE holy and Triune God who has created the universe and everything in it and is clearly revealed through the person and work of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (John 1:18).
We believe that man, although created without sin, fell by Adam’s transgression so that all mankind is now sinful by state, disposition, and act, and justly under God’s condemnation.
We believe the only way of salvation for sinners is by grace through faith. Salvation was made possible by the substitutionary death and glorious resurrection of the Son of God. The gospel is the message that salvation is available through belief in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the need of all to accept the gospel by faith and all who do so receive all of the benefits of salvation.
We teach that the Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther’s Small Catechism are correct expositions of the Word of God.