Saint John Lutheran Church is a church of the Reformation. We belong to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Together with the church of all ages, the church of the Reformation holds to the three historic, scriptural statements of faith called the Ecumenical Creeds. These are the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is the most ancient and succinctly describes the Christian Faith once for all delivered to God’s saints.
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 sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will 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.
Three time-honored phrases provide an additional summary of the biblical faith of God’s church:
Grace alone - Faith alone - Scripture Alone
Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
The scriptures show that no one can be rescued from sin, death and the devil except through the Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a gift of his grace alone!
Sola Fide - Faith Alone
Human effort in itself is not enough to earn a place in God’s grace. This gift of salvation is received only by means of faith, or trust in this Savior.
Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
The revealed word of God is the sole standard of the faith we hold. It is found in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.