St. John's Lutheran Church

Conover, North Carolina

St. John's Belief and Practice

Our Statement of Faith

We believe

  • that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice
  • that there is only one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • that man was created in the image of God and through disobedience fell from his original state of perfection. Because of this fall into sin the entire human race shares in man's lost condition.
  • that Jesus Christ is God and Man in one person. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life as our substitute, was crucified for our sin, and earned righteousness for us through His suffering and death. He was bodily resurrected from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will personally return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.
  • that repentance and faith brought about in us by the Holy Spirit are essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
  • that eternal life is ours by faith which trusts in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Salvation is a gift of God and the faith that saves is expressed in our life by works that are pleasing to God.
  • that the Holy Spirit is given to all Christians and places them in the Body of Christ. He is the "Comforter" who dwells in the hearts of believers, convincing them of the truth of Christ's teaching and helping them to live a life pleasing to God.
  • that the Sacraments of the Church are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is offered to adults upon their confession of faith in Christ and to infants at the request of their parents. The Lord's Supper is offered to those who have examined themselves in the Christian faith, accept the Real Presence of Christ in the sacrament, and are one with us in the unity of faith.
  • that both the saved and the lost will be resurrected from the dead; believers to an eternal life of blessedness and joy, unbelievers to eternal damnation and everlasting conscious punishment.
  • that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.[back to top]
  • that the Church is commissioned by Christ to "preach the Gospel to every creature" and to "make disciples of all nations." The task of the local church is to edify its members in the Body of Christ and to share the Gospel so that others may come to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. Our Lord calls every Christian to be a responsible witness.
  • that the end of all things includes the visible, personal, and triumphant return of Jesus Christ to receive all believers into the kingdom of glory in heaven.