St. John’s is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The “synod” means to “walk together.” As a Synod we “walk together” in terms of our doctrine and confession of faith. The Chief Doctrine professes that salvation is based solely on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Trinity—that God is one God, who has existed from all eternity as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are equally God. Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, who came from heaven in the form of a man, who lived a sinless life on our behalf, and who died on the Cross to pay for the sins of whole world. We are saved by God’s grace through faith. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is the only authority for teaching about God and Sin and Salvation.
The Bible teaches that God reaches into our lives through His Word (the Bible), and through 2 special means, known as Sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that, in Holy Communion, Jesus gives us His very Body and His Blood; that the bread and wine are not merely symbols that represent His Body and Blood.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which consists of about 6,000 congregations throughout the United States, believes that Jesus has given His Church on earth a Great Commission:
To go 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 (Jesus) has taught…”
- Matthew 28: 19-20
As a synod we are in mission together to proclaim Jesus Christ, and Him crucified—the message of salvation, to a world that will be judged by Jesus when He comes again