Lutheranism is quite
a varied movement.
Starting off as an attempt to
simply reform Roman Catholicism, the earliest Lutheran
congregations used a slightly modified version of the
high-church Roman Catholic Liturgy, and quite a few
Lutheran congregations continue in the 'High Church'
style of worship.
As the Reformation continued,
its leaders, including Martin Luther, wrote songs and
services that were inspired in part by the traditional
style of worship, but which matched more of the contemporary
music styles of their day: 16th Century Germany. They
encouraged congregations to continue in this practice.
Our worship services on Sunday morning are a blending
of where the church has come from, with its hymns, combined
with the styling and some of the new songs that contemporary
American Christianity has more recently developed.
a similar note, the Lutheran movement within the church
started as a 'back-to-bible' movement, looking to the
Bible as the only source for really reliable truth,
and requiring all doctrines to agree with and be founded
on it. The reformers treated the Bible with a very high
level of respect, believing it to be the absolute word
of God, without error.
Within the Lutheran
movement, there have been some branches of the church
that have placed a greater emphasis on the writings
of Luther, Melanchthon, and the rest of the reformers,
and there have been those who have placed a lesser emphasis
At St. John's, we strive to be Christians
first, looking to the Bible as our primary authority,
and maintain our Lutheran identity secondly. This is
to say, while we value, agree with, and confess the
truths expressed in the reformation and by the reformers,
we will always strive to lift up Jesus and His
word first, and to ask those we meet, most importantly--
do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
We believe that the
reformers understood the free gift of the gospel correctly,
and the searching, saving heart of God properly. We
also believe it is important to present the fullness
of God's law, as well as the full sweetness of His saving
good news. These reformation understandings of scripture
help to shape how we present God's answers to life's
major questions; but the major questions in life and
faith will always center around relationship with Jesus,
and a life of faith in Him.
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