To Be and Make Disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ
We understand God’s Vision for St. John’s to be a Vibrant, 21st Century Church proclaiming
and teaching the Word of God where all people experience transformation into the fullness
of a life in Jesus Christ.
Our Mission Statement
St. John’s Lutheran Church, a caring Family of God, exists so all may know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Therefore, we share God’s Love and Grace with Joy, intending to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, His Church and in our witness to the community and the world.
Our Core Values and Statements with Bible References
- We are committed to a Grace Orientation. We enter into a relationship with God by what God does for us through Jesus. Knowing that we are all sinners, we trust completely in God’s grace to save us and give us eternal life with Him. This gift is received through faith in Christ. We see ourselves as chosen to share God’s gift of grace to bring God’s blessings to the world. [Romans 3:21-31; Romans 6:1-8; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:18– 21; Titus 3:4-7]
- We are committed to Discipleship.The church is the Body of Christ where we are taught to be disciples. God has chosen and called each of us to be followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit equips and empowers everyone for ministry. [John 15:16; Mark 8:34-35; Ephesians 4:12;
- We are committed to Bible Centered Preaching and Teaching. Scripture is God’s inspired Word for the purpose of transforming, training and equipping all to live according to the Holy Scriptures. Biblical authority guides our practice and understanding of faith. [James 1:22; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; John 8:31-32]
- We are committed to Weekly Worship and Praise. It is God’s will that we worship weekly to celebrate God’s goodness, build up the body of believers, hear God’s Word, and be nourished through Holy Communion. Gathering in the presence of God, with joy in our hearts, we rejoice and give thanks to the Lord while receiving God’s peace. [Psalm 100; Phillippians 4:4-7; Exodus 20:8; Hebrews 10:25]
We are committed to Being a People Who Love Christ and One Another. No one can love God for us. We must individually stay connected to Christ through an abiding relationship. Motivated by His sacrificial love for us, we will strive to demonstrate His love by
- considering others more important than ourselves. Therefore we share our love of Christ by the giving of our time, talent, and resources. Through the Word of God, prayer, worship and obedience, we can love God with heart, soul, mind and strength. [John 13:34-35; John 3:16-17; Matthew 25:35-40; Luke 15:1-7; 1 John 4:7-12; John 15]
- We are committed to Continual Learning and Spiritual Growth. We are each called to develop our spiritual gifts and become mature in Christ. [Colossians 1:28-29; 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:1-2]
- We are committed to Evangelism. Christ commands us, His disciples, saying, “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 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” Every member is called to communicate the live-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ and to invite others to a life of faith. [Matthew 28:19-20]