[19] 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, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) 

Everything that we believe, teach, and confess comes from the Bible Alone (Sola Scriptura). While many congregations claim to “teach just the Bible,” this simply isn’t the case. Jesus doesn’t say in the Bible about Holy Communion, “Take, eat; this is My body,” and, “Take, eat; this symbolizes My body.”  One is Biblical; one is not. The Bible also doesn’t teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, apart from works, and, we are saved by works. One is Biblical; one is not.

We believe that every Word of the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is truly the Word of God. We also believe that God speaks clearly in His Word and so we cannot just agree to disagree, or decide which parts of God’s Word are fundamentally important and which ones are not. We take Jesus seriously when He said to the apostles, “…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” We do make the claim that we do just teach the Bible and, in a spirit of brotherly love, encourage you to examine what we teach with the Bible.

In addition to the teaching that goes on in the Divine Service, that is the repetition of the liturgy, the lessons, and sermon, we also currently offer these opportunities to hear and learn God’s Word:

 

Bible classes taught by Pastor, open to all ages:

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Sunday Mornings after Divine Service

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Mornings

 

Youth Catechesis:

A two-year program of instruction for youth, starting around 5th grade, leading toward confirmation and communicant membership. The primary textbooks are Scripture and Luther’s Small Catechism. For more information, speak with our pastor or Board of Elders.

 

Adult Catechesis:

The purpose of the 15-18-week class is to teach what we believe, teach, and confess here at St. John Lutheran Church as part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. To accomplish this task pastor will primarily teach from the Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. The class is designed so that you are free to ask questions when they arise. The class is also for informational purposes and is not intended to pressure you into becoming a member. However, if you decide that you agree with our teachings, we are happy to proceed with confirmation and/or membership upon completion of the class.

*Depending on the dynamics of the class, we may need a few more sessions.

**Our pastor is willing to teach this on an individual basis too, if scheduling is an issue.

 

Other Opportunities:

We also offer other opportunities periodically for adults, youth and children, such as:  conferences, retreats, book clubs, monthly Bible studies, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. See our Newsletter for current information.