What's up with being a Lutheran, anyway?
Way back when, there was never supposed to be a Lutheran Church. Martin Luther despised this description his opponents placed on those who followed his biblical and theological teachings in the 16th century. "We're Christians," Luther insisted, "not Lutherans!"
At St. John, we are not Lutherans who are Christians, but Christians in the historic Lutheran tradition. As such, we emphasize the classic Lutheran Christian beliefs, including:
- The authority of Scripture, God’s inerrant word;
- Salvation in Jesus Christ alone by grace through faith;
- The living out of a faithful life of discipleship in word and action;
- The Lord’s commissioning of His church to make new disciples of all nations.
St. John is affiliated with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Formed in 2010, the NALC is a fast-growing Christian church in the Lutheran tradition, uniting more than 150,000 believers in more than 400 congregations across North America. It is a church family committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. In keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, the NALC professes that all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture. The NALC has embraced four core values which shape its denominational life: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded, and Congregationally-Focused. It is a church centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve our congregations. A renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith, the NALC is focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples in North America and around the globe.