WHAT WE BELIEVE

We confess the core teachings of Christianity along with Christians throughout the world.

 

We believe:

 

  • That the entire Bible is the Word of God, inspired by God and completely trustworthy to give us eternal life and guide us in faith and life.

  • That there is only one true God, who has revealed himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • That God the Father created all things and continues to sustain and direct his creation.

  • That God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ, and that Jesus rescued us from sin, death, and hell by his perfect life, his sacrificial death, and his victorious resurrection from the dead.

  • That God the Holy Spirit works in us saving faith and continues to strengthen that faith through the means of his grace: God’s Word (written and spoken) and the Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper).

  • That God uses believers now to be his agents of service and witness in the world.

  • That a day of judgment will accompany Jesus’ return in glory, and that only those who have faith in Jesus will enter eternal life.

BEING LUTHERAN

Being “Lutheran,” our congregation accepts and teaches Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther (1483-1546) which can be summarized in four short phrases:

 

  • Christ Alone – It is only by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection that we can be saved from sin and have eternal life.

  • Grace Alone – We cannot earn the love and forgiveness of God, for these are completely gifts from him.

  • Faith Alone – Those who receive the gift of forgiveness and salvation do so because they believe the Good News of Jesus, not because they merit it with their good works (although good works will flow from their faith).

  • Scripture Alone – The Bible is God’s infallible Word, in which he reveals the way of salvation.  It alone determines what we believe, teach, and confess.

OUR PASTOR

Pastor David Peter

Pastor

St. John Lutheran Church is a member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which is a church body of over 2.3 million members and 6100 congregations.  The word “synod” means to “walk together,” and these many congregations hold to a shared confession of faith as taught in the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions.

 

St. John Lutheran Church

229 W. James Blvd.

Saint James, Missouri 65559

(573) 265-3226

(636) 323-3213

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