WHAT WE BELIEVE

WHY WE DO THIS! 

The sole basis for all our beliefs are outlined in the Bible: which is uniquely God inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it bears. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each possessing all the attributes of deity.

 

We believe that God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from God. Salvation comes only through God’s grace through faith and can never be achieved through good works.

 

We believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between people and God. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

We believe the Holy Spirit draws men and women to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. When Jesus comes again every believer will receive a brand new, glorified body that will live forever.  There will be no more sickness, death, sin, or evil.  Everything will be made brand new and we will be with God forever and ever.

WHAT TO EXPECT!

Walking into a new church can be intimidating and at times terrifying depending on your previous church experience. If you are considering attending one of our worship gatherings, we pray that you would take the vulnerable step and come check it out! 

 

Our prayer for every gathering is that you would feel welcomed and loved and that you wouldn’t leave the building thinking about how cool our artwork was, how funny the preacher was, or how awesome the guitar player in the band was. We want you to leave our gathering amazed at God’s radical love expressed through the finished work of Jesus Christ. If you don’t remember anything when you leave our gathering except how radically awesome Jesus is, we view that as a huge success.

THE BIBLE IS TRUTH

GOD: We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31; 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6.

 

JESUS: We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and sacrificed Himself to be punished in substitution for sinners. By the blood of His cross and His resurrection from the dead, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11;Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and forever indwells all Christians. Either subsequently or at the same moment, Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit to empower believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission.  Joel 2:28; Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; Acts 1:8; Acts 8:14-16; John 7:37-39; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 14:29; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18.

 

SIN: We believe Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. In consequence of their disobedience, all people are born subject to sin and are therefore by nature and choice justly condemned in the sight of God, unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God. Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3.

 

SALVATION: We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 1:7,9.

 

WATER BAPTISM & COMMUNION: We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be practiced rightly until the time of Christ’s return. They are a means of grace. We do infant baptisms and believer’s baptisms. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.

 

THE CHURCH: We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given to each and every believer at least one spiritual gift, and often more than one, to build up the church.  We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local church . God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission is to give glory to God through the proclamation of the Word of God and through worship and the sacraments, and to build up the body of Christ, that we might give witness to God’s love and salvation. We encourage all members to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, to seek to do God’s will, and to use their time, talents, and possessions in service to God and all people, especially those of the household of faith (Gal. 6:10).

 

 

 

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LOVE

We are a family, members of God’s household (Eph. 2:19). Therefore, we worship together, have fun together, and care and pray for each other. The many programs and events here bring us closer together and pray for each other. The many programs and events here bring us closeer together!

GROW

Paul says that a church should help you become a mature Christ-follower (Eph. 4:12-13). We agree! We offer many faith-fueling classes for all ages throughout the week. Join anytime!...

WORSHIP

Jesus said the most important commandment is to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 22:37-38). Worship does just that! At St. Mark, we offer 3 unique worship experiences each weekend, along with special services throughout the year.

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Good News is meant to be shared (Mark 16:15). At St. Mark we share the awesome news about Jesus through supporting missions and missionaries, prison ministry, and other outreach and training opportunities.

SERVE   

Jesus said the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:39-40). We do this through several ministry opportunities where we get to meet the spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical needs in the church and local community.




STATEMENT OF FAITH

From Article II of the SMLC Constitution

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1. The Congregation accepts all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as a whole and in all their parts as the divinely inspired, revealed, and inerrant Word of God and submits to this as the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and life.


2. As brief and true statements of the doctrines of the Word of God, the Congregation accepts and confesses the following standards: (1) the ancient ecumenical creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian; (2) the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther’s Small Catechism.


3. As further elaboration of and in accord with these Lutheran standards, the Congregation also receives the other documents in the Book of Concord of 1580: the Apology, Luther’s Large Catechism, the Smalcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord; and recognizes them as normative for their theology.


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