Statement of Faith
The Bible is the fully and uniquely inspired Word of God, and is our suficient and final authority of faith and practice. Written by human authors moved by the Holy Spirit, the Bible is truth and it's authority guides our steps, motivates our ministry, and is the source of what we preach and teach. God reveals himself to us through His Word.
God created the universe and exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God desires to be in relationship with us that we might know Him personally and experience the depth and breadth of His love and mercy.
Jesus is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully man. Jesus came to save the world from sin, offering himself as a sacrifice. Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and was resurrected from death. Jesus returned to His Father, and is our advocate to the Father, giving each of us the opportunity to be in right relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune Godhead. He is of one substance with the Father and the Son, and is co-equal with Them in eternity, grace, and power. It is His ministry to glorify Jesus Christ, and He is ever present and active in the Church of Christ. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates those who repent and believe, and sanctifies and empowers the believers for godly living and service.
God created men and women in His image to be in fellowship with Him. Humanity is sinful by nature because of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. We experience new life through Jesus Christ, transforming us to look more and more like Jesus while also living out His purposes for our lives.
The blood of Jesus, shed for us on the cross, offers forgiveness of sin. This salvation is given to those who believe and put their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation brings Justification (a restored relationship with God), Adoption (inclusion child of God), Regeneration (new life to the dead and broken areas of our lives), and Sanctification (becoming more like Christ) in our rebirth. We can only obtain salvation through faith in the grace and power given to us by God.
Faith in Action
Christians live out faith in all areas of life. Through service, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. We grow in our faith through spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship. The primary motivation for Christians is to become mature and to conform to the image of Jesus.
The church is the body of Jesus Christ and He is the head. The church is both Universal (the fellowship of all bellevers ultimately realized in eternity) as well as local (the gathering of believers for worship, growth, and service). Members of the church are called to engagement, unity, and action, by faith, to do God's work in the world. The church should bring glory to God by making Him known, and equipping disciples of Jesus Christ.
We have been created eternal. In Jesus Christ, we have the ultimate hope that death is not the end. Through the return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and a new heaven and earth, we await an eternal dwelling place in relationship with our God.
St. John's recognizes and practices two sacraments: Communion and Baptism. Communion is open to all who attend, though careful examination of one's faith and response to Jesus is expected. Baptism is offered for people of all ages, and as such can be a public profession of faith and/or a covenantal partnership between parents and the local church on behalf of a child. Through both there is an intentional opportunity for connection with God. As such, both take place in the context of the community of faith and serve as "means of grace" for God to move.