Our Mission and our Values
We are called by God's grace to enlighten all people in Jesus Christ.
God's forgiveness of sins and the gift of salvation is for all people. The Gospel is the focus of all we do here at St. Luke, when we preach, teach, care for one another, have fellowship, meet, and worship because of the Gospel. We believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and that is Good News for all. For God saved us by His grace when we believed. And we can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. The Gospel binds us in commitment and service. It has been our strength in the past and most definitely it will be our hope for the future.
See John 3:16; Romans 1:16-17; Ephesians 2:8
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Through it, God (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) reveals Himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Old and New Testaments are the standard and guide upon which we base our faith and how we are to live our lives.
See 2 Timothy 3:16, Romans 15:4, 2 Peter 1:21
Jesus traveled throughout Ancient Palestine, teaching, preaching, caring, loving, and healing. All this was done so that people could grow in their relationship with God. We believe we are call to equip people, both young and old alike, to grow in their relationship with God.
See Hebrews 6:1, 2 Peter 3:18
While a personal relationship with Christ is of the utmost importance, we believe God's command is clear that we are to meet together, to celebrate His name, be empowered by His Word, build each other up for the plan He has for each of us, to partake of the sacraments, and to remember and celebrate His day of rest. We value worship because in worship we give thanks to God for all He has given, is giving, and will give us.
See Psalm 95:6, Ephesians 4:13-14, Hebrews 10:25
We believe in and practice the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
We believe that through the waters of Baptism, by the power of the Word, God comes to us to adopt us as His children. Through Baptism, God gives the gift of new life. We affirm the baptism of all people, including children and infants.
We believe that through the Lord’s Supper, God comes to share Himself with us. In Holy Communion Christ offers His love and forgive us and we remembrance and celebrate what Jesus did for us on the cross. We believe that Jesus is really present in the meal in, with, and under the bread and wine.
We believe in the worth and value of all people. We are all created in God’s image, and every human matters to God. Your worth is not dependent on your accomplishments, but on God’s love. You are so valuable to God, that He willing gave up His life for you. We affirm and acknowledge the dignity of every human being from conception to death.
See Matthew 6:26, Luke 12:27, Romans 5:8
The wonderful news of the Gospel is that because of Jesus all can come to God, and we truly believe all, regardless of age, gender, marital status, racial or ethnic background, social standing, or financial status. Through Jesus Christ all can become Children of God.
See John 1:12, Acts 2:46-47, Galatians 3:28
CHILDREN AND YOUTH:
Children are a gift of God, they are not the future of the Church, they are the Church. Children and youth represent the growth of the Christian community. We encourage them to be involved and to play an active part of the ministry here at St. Luke and to grow in their Christian faith.
See Psalm 127:3, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 1 Timothy 2:14
We believe that God has called us to be servants. He equips each of us with gifts and talents that are to be used to bring Him glory and to share His love with those around us.
See Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12
God has created us to be together. We are created not to be alone. Here you will find the bonds of friendship and the warmth of family. Together in fellowship and as partners in Christ we encourage each other with joy.
See Ephesians 4:1-3 & Proverbs 16:4
We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. Though we do not know the day or hour, we will joyfully proclaim His soon return to encourage all people to make the most of life today, and to inspire us to share the Gospel with everyone as quickly as possible.
See Matthew 28:19-20, Revelation 22:12
In all of this we affirm and identify with the Lutheran confessions as part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We affirm the centrality of grace alone, faith alone, and the Word alone.