St. Timothy Lutheran Church

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What We Believe

Who is God?

We believe and confess God as three-in-one (Trinity):

     Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Who is God, the Father?

We believe God, the Father, created heaven and earth and all that exists seen and unseen. The Father created us to be in loving relationship with Him and to live with one another in harmony, peace (shalom) and active love.


Who is Jesus?

We believe Jesus is God’s Son, sent by God to reconcile us to the Father. Through his life and his being Jesus broke the shackles of sinfulness and thus restored the relationship of love and trust the God intended to exist between God and his children. Though Jesus Christ is eternal, with God at the beginning of time, Jesus was at once truly God and truly human, born on earth of a virgin, by the power of the Holy Spirit.


The man, Jesus of Nazareth, lived and died in Palestine during the governorship of the Roman administrator, Pontius Pilate; we believe Him to be the Messiah (Christ) chosen by God to show God’s love for the world. He is God, yet with all the limitations of being human. His relationship to God, however, was not one of sin but rather of perfect obedience to the Father’s will. For the sake of a sinful world, Jesus was condemned to death on the cross.


But death could not contain Him. On the third day after his execution, the day Christians observe as Easter, Jesus appeared among His followers as the one whom God raised up, the living Lord. By this great victory God has declared the Good News of reconciliation and gives us the promise of eternal life with God. The distance between us and our Creator has been bridged. Christ is alive today, and with us as we gather in His name, fully present to us in Holy Communion and present as the Holy Spirit empowers us in the covenant of Baptism and interceding for us with the Father.


Who is the Holy Spirit?

We believe the Holy Spirit enlivens the Church, giving it life and unifying us in a common mission. The Holy Spirit sanctifies or matures us in faith and is present in our hearts from our baptism into Christ, guiding, encouraging, and motivating us to live lives that please and honor God.


What is the Church?

We believe the Church is the living body of Christ, created on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). The Church has the same ‘DNA’ as Jesus Christ in that the Church is in the world in the same way as Jesus Christ – announcing the Good News of God’s coming kingdom, or reign; bringing healing and restoration; preaching, with deeds as well as words; and teaching all that Christ has commanded us.


The Lord gave a Great Commandment to the disciples, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31); and He also gave the Great Commission to the disciples, to ‘go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you’ “(Matthew 28)” and “I am with you always to the end of the age”

This succinctly defines the mission of the Church.


What does it mean to be a ‘Lutheran’ Christian?

It means we are in the theological lineage of Martin Luther, a 16th century Augustinian monk and professor of theology in Germany whose questioning of Roman church practices, whose translation of the New Testament into German and whose inflammatory writings regarding the only source of salvation as being God’s undeserved grace in Jesus Christ, accessible to all with no need of intermediaries, sparked what’s known as the Reformation. Emphasize theology (understanding of God) as a theology, of the Cross of Christ rather than receiving God’s grace for our own glorification on earth.


From the Reformation came the Protestant church movement. The Lutheran heritage is one of accepting (through the intervening power of the Holy Spirit) Jesus Christ and his suffering and dying as saving us from death and assuring us eternal life; of grace as a free gift and our acceptance of that gift a result of faith bestowed by the Holy Spirit; of one Baptism as a cleansing from sin and entry into the Christian church; of Christians as all having a calling and being part of a ‘priesthood of all believers’; of the Lord’s Supper being a means of grace, giving comfort, peace and the forgiveness of sin and an event in which Christ himself is truly present, as Luther said, ‘in, with, and under; the sacramental elements of bread and wine.


About the Sacraments;

The Lutheran tradition celebrates two sacraments, Baptism and Holy Communion. A sacrament is a means of conveying of God’s grace to us that; is commanded by Christ using an earthly element. Leading followers of Jesus, thru the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the way of the cross laying down our lives in love and service for our neighbors in obedience to God.