St John Lutheran Church
a Christ-centered church of the Great Tradition and the Great Commission
What does it mean to be a
It means that we are all about Christ:
worshiping Christ, loving Christ,
learning from Christ,
following Christ, serving Christ.
Jesus of Nazareth altered human history (and hope!) forever.
That is why Western civilization for hundreds of years
has described important historical events
as relative to the time before Christ and after Christ (B.C. and A.D.).
Through the birth, life, suffering, death,
and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth,
God Himself shatters the despair of
an exclusively material universe world view,
speaking clearly with a human voice
of clarity, love and compassion.
As Francis A. Schaeffer, once put it,
“He is there, and he is not silent.”
Hence, everything about the person of Jesus
is both relevant and timeless.
In addition, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
is a member of LCMC,
"Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.”
The “for Christ” part of that association is important.
St. John’s exists because of Jesus, around Jesus, and for Jesus.
St. John’s exists to experience His life among us,
and to share His life with others.
If one believes that Jesus speaks to people today
(and we at St. John’s do!),
then, we must grant that He did the same in the past.
That means that the witness of followers of Christ through history
is an essential component in rightly understanding and applying
God’s Word for us today.
This is what it means to be a church of “the Great Tradition”.
We believe that the historic Christian faith
(i.e., the faith that has been believed “everywhere,
always, and by all” – "catholic" - "throughout the whole" -
the rule of St. Vincent of Lerins)
is “historic"in that
not only does the incarnation of Christ affect
all of history both before and after His appearance,
but also that God has revealed Himself throughout history,
first in the events and persons of the Old Testament scriptures,
then in the person of Jesus Christ,
and then in and through followers of Christ on earth, the Church.
In this way we are proudly a part of the “catholic” faith and tradition:
the historic, universal Christian faith.
St. John’s is a “Lutheran” church in that, in the history of the Church,
St. John’s recognizes the values of the Reformation,
and in particular the witness and writings of Martin Luther,
and those that immediately followed Luther and embraced his teachings.
To say that St. John’s is a church of “the Great Commission”
is an explicit reference to Matthew 28:19-20,
especially as it describes what we are all about
as a group of Jesus’ followers: making disciples.
That means learning to live as Jesus has taught us,
learning to do what Jesus wants us to do.
Water baptism is a part of that,
but practically speaking a small part.
Essentially, it means entering into a relationship
with Christ and other Christ-followers…
...to learn the faith,
...to live the faith,
...and to share the faith with others.
LCMC is an association “in Mission for Christ.”
The “in Mission” is real and not theoretical!
We have a task to do, a job to perform.
Life has purpose.
Christ-followers have been redeemed for a reason,
and that is not just their own salvation.
It is to be “a light on a hill” and “salt to earth”,
just as Jesus describes.
As one has put it,
“To reach the lost at any cost,
because people last forever.”
We offer a life,...a journey
...of purpose, joy, service, and hope.
Come and join us in this amazing journey!
17701 Cameron Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660, USA