The teachings of a truly Lutheran Church are based on the words written by the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament. The Bible tells us about Jesus Christ.
On this and the following pages are succinct explanations regarding some of the beliefs of the Lutheran Church.
(Deuteronomy 10:4, Matthew 5:48, John 1:17, Romans 3:20,22,23; 7:7)
God wrote his law in people's hearts at creation. The human conscience bears witness to that law. The knowledge of the law was blurred in people's hearts by sin. God repeated his law in the Ten Commandments.
God's law demands obedience in our thoughts, speech, and actions. It condemns all who sin. Therefore, no one can be saved by keeping the law. God's law serves to show us our sins, to warn us of God's anger against sin and to guide us in our Christian life.
Sin (Genesis 2:17, Psalm 5:4; 51:5, Ephesians 2:1, Romans 5:12; 8:7-8)
The first man and woman lost the image of God when they gave in to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God's command. This brought on them the judgment of God.
Since that time, all people are conceived and born in sin, desire to do what is evil, and are dead spriitually. Therefore, we are unable to reconcile ourselves to God by our own efforts and deeds.
The Gospel (John 1:17; 3:16, Romans 1:16, Colossians 2:13)
The message of the gospel is the good news that a loving God sent Jesus Christ to take away the sins of all people. This gospel freely offers to all sinners the righteousness that is found in Jesus. God offers and gives eternal life and salvation to all those who believe in the gospel promises.
An Open Invitation
St. John Lutheran Church in Libertyville is dedicated to spreading the entire truth of God as found in the Bible.
We invite you to stop by for worship or contact our pastor to discuss the questions and/or concerns on your mind. You'll find us to be open and honestly interested in conveying how God's word fits into our lives.
St. John Lutheran Church
501 W. Park Ave. (Rt. 176)
Libertyville, IL 60048