ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL
Howard Lake, MN - LCMS
Equipping and Empowering Families and Students through Christ.
We Believe in God -
The Father who made us and takes care of us, His Son Jesus Christ our Lord who paid for our sins on the cross, and rose from the dead, and the Holy Spirit who teaches us the truth about God and ourselves using the Bible and the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Lutherans get their name from Martin Luther, a German priest who was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in the early 1500s. Luther's writing and teaching sparked the Protestant Reformation. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases:
Grace Alone: God loves the people of the world, even though we are sinful, rebel against Him,
and do not deserve His love.
Scripture Alone: The Bible is God's inerrant (without error) Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Faith Alone: Jesus' work on the cross and through the Easter tomb is the substitute for all people of all time.
He purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for all.
Those who hear this Good News and believe it will have the eternal life that it offers.
Scripture and our Lutheran Confessions call Baptism a second birth, the creation of a brand-new life begun in Christ, and reaching its fullness on the day of resurrection. By preparing to bring your child to be baptized you are taking the most important step in raising your child in the Christian faith. Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God's command and combined with God's Word.
We believe teach and confess that we receive in, with, and under the bread and wine the true body and blood of Christ shed on the cross, Jesus Christ Who is now risen and ascended and sits at the right hand of God the Father. He is the same Christ, and when he gave us the Sacrament, as the Lutheran Confessions affirm, "he was speaking of his true, essential body, which he gave into death for us, and of his true, essential blood, which was poured out for us on the tree of the cross for the forgiveness of sins" (Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration VII, 49).
What is Lutheran Worship? Lutheran worship puts the focus squarely on Jesus Christ, who is present for us and with us through His Word and Sacraments. Lutheran worship is, therefore, Christ-centered, not man-centered. For more on the details and focus of Lutheran worship, click here.