What Is “Lutheran?”Our congregation accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Sola Fide (Faith alone)By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Law And GospelThe Bible teaches that we are separated from God when we think, say, or do things that are against His will. That’s called sin. No matter how good we try to be, no one meets God’s demand that we be perfect. No one can be “good enough” to go to heaven. That’s the “bad news”. God’s Law shows us our sin and our need for a Savior.
God saw that we had a problem and decided to do something about it. His only Son, Jesus Christ, became a man and perfectly followed God’s will. He, then, allowed Himself to be crucified. He died and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead! The Bible tells us that Jesus took our punishment for sin, and gives us the free gift of eternal life. We are perfect—not because of our own actions, but because the blood of Jesus continually washes us clean. The Gospel or “Good News” is that we are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ His Son.
Who Is God?Lutherans believe and teach the divine mystery, that God is Three in One, that is - Triune. Three distinct persons: FATHER, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the SON, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all humanity and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and the Devil; and HOLY SPIRIT, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal. Together, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are ONE God.
The CreedsA “creed” is a statement of belief. The Lutheran Church joins most other Christian churches in confessing the truth of the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. Further statements of belief are found in the Book of Concord, a collection of writings which are in agreement with the teachings of the Bible.
BaptismHoly Baptism is the applying of water (by pouring, sprinkling, immersion, etc.) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is not simple water only. It is water connected with the command of God and the Word of God. Therefore Baptism is a “washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5), or “being born again” (John 3:3-8). Through Baptism, the Holy Spirit brings forgiveness of sins, faith in Jesus Christ, and eternal salvation (1 Peter 3:21). Baptism is not something we do for God; it is something God does for us. Therefore we encourage Baptism for infants and all children, as well as adults.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is the means by which we eat and drink bread and wine, and in so doing, we receive Christ’s Body given for us and Christ’s Blood shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe Jesus’ true Body and Blood are really present in, with, and under the bread and wine, just as Jesus said (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26). The Lord’s Supper connects us directly to the life-giving Body and Blood of Jesus, and the saving work of Jesus on the cross. Because of the precious and powerful nature of this gift of God, we ask that those who have not received instruction in the Lutheran church to please speak with a pastor before receiving the Lord’s Supper.
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St. Luke's is...
Gospel Motivated: We proclaim the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Bible Based: We believe that the entire Bible is the Word of God. It is the only source of all we teach.
Nurturing: Helping people grow in their faith through a preschool-8 grade school, Sunday school, and youth and adult Bible study.
Sacramental: Baptism and the Lord's Supper are central to our life together.
Balanced Worship: We blend newer worship forms with the time-honored liturgy of the Church.
Active and Caring: We motivate and equip all people for service in Jesus' name.
Outreach Oriented: We make Christ known throughout our community and the world.
St. Luke's is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This is an international church consisting of over 6000 congregations in the U.S. and missionaries in over 50 foreign countries.