St. John's & Zion Lutheran Churches

Our Beliefs

Christ’s love, which he demonstrated by his perfect life and by his suffering and death on the cross, is the foundation for our relationship with God, the focus of our faith, and the motivation for all we do as Christians. In that same love for sinners Christ not only lived and died to set us free from sin and guilt, but he also rose again in victory on the first Easter Sunday, assuring us that his victory is our victory and that his resurrection is our resurrection. Saved by his grace alone, we look forward to his glorious return as we proclaim the good news of what his love has accomplished.

We are  a Christian church.

We preach that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became a human being through the virgin birth so that he could take our place under God’s law and so that he could suffer and die for the sins of the whole world.

We are a Biblical church.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Bible has no errors or contradictions. We will not add to it, subtract from it or change its meaning. The Bible is the only source and authority for Christian doctrine.

We are an Evangelical church.

As a congregation we are a body of believers who is determined to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) to all people.

We are a Lutheran church.

Like Martin Luther we confess, hold to and defend the central teaching of the Gospel — that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus, and not by our own good works.

We are a liturgical church.

The liturgy assures us that each time we gather for worship we will follow a centuries-tested order of service that will include confession & absolution, appointed Scripture lessons appropriate for the season of the church year, the sermon, prayers, hymns and psalms. While the order of service each week may vary and while the type of music used to carry the Gospel may vary, the basic outline of the historic, Christian liturgy will still be followed.

We are a sacramental church.

We believe that in Baptism and in the Lord’s Supper, God comes to us with his free forgiveness in very tangible means.

We are a church that cares about people.

As members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), we offer friendship, support, counseling, direction and love not only at the local level through our pastor and congregation but also on the national (and even world level) as we work together with over 1,250 other congregations who are in doctrinal agreement with us.