With the universal Christian Church, St. Lucas teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:
- the Father, creator of all that exists;
- Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and
- the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
For more than 2,000 years, people have asked this question. We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of His birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Through the study of the Bible, you can seek the answer to this age-old question:
Who do you say that Jesus is?
In a world in which information is readily available and opinions abound, this fundamental question stands above all other inquiries and considerations.
Our church believes Jesus is exactly who He said He is. We confess that Jesus is true God and true man in one person. He is the Son of God who was crucified and raised from the dead for the salvation of all who trust in Him. He is the only way to salvation and the only mediator between God and mankind.
Christ is not Jesus’s last name, but identifies Him as the Messiah (Christ is the Greek translation of Messiah), the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises that God saves His people.
This fulfillment and salvation happened in history in real time and in a real place (first century AD in Israel) through a flesh-and-blood person named Jesus.
The Bible is the true, inspired Word of God that records God’s love for the world through His Son Jesus and is the only source of teaching and practice for God’s people. The miracles recorded in the Gospels and the teachings of Jesus are true and accurate.
Jesus physically died on a cross and physically rose from the dead in three days. He physically ascended into heaven, and the Church awaits His second coming when He will judge all people.
Those who trust in Jesus as their Savior will rise to eternal life in heaven. We are made right with God solely and completely by grace, as a gift, because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
We believe that in the Lord’s Supper, together with bread and wine, we receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and for strengthening of faith.
Because of the wonderful gift of salvation Jesus has has bought for us, our purpose in His kingdom is to…
Bring, Nurture and Equip People for Christ
This is at the core of our mission at St. Lucas. When people come to experience God’s love and forgiveness in Christ, they can’t help but share this amazing message with others. This is what the Bible teaches…
Bring People to Christ
In Mark 16:15, Jesus commands us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” The congregation of St. Lucas endeavors to fulfill this command through its outreach efforts in the community. Whether directly visiting those who haven’t experienced Christ’s love, providing access to Christian Education or witnessing through our many community service events, we are always hopeful of Bringing People to Christ…
Nurture People in Christ
In John 17:17, Jesus prayed for his disciples to be made holy: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Through these words, our Lord was nurturing the faith of his closest followers through His sanctifying grace. Likewise, the congregation of St. Lucas nurtures the faith of its members and the surrounding community by explaining the truth of God’s word and serving their needs…
Equip People for Christ
Paul, in Ephesians 4: 11-12, wrote:“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” This passage clearly defines the mission of “Equipping People for Christ.” Although we have been saved through God’s grace, apart from works, it is that same grace that empowers the people of St. Lucas with the knowledge and skills they need to serve others and spread the message of Christ.