Our Beliefs

Our Statement of Faith

(As taken from our Constitution approved 07/14/13)

  1. We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  2. We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him.

    1. Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

    2. The proclamation of God’s message to us as both law and gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to Himself. 

    3. The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

    4. We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.

  3. We accept the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.

  4. We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

  5. We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.

  6. We believe, teach, and confess the gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God’s mission in the world.

Our Statement of Purpose

(As taken from our Constitution approved 07/14/13)

  1. All power in the Church of Christ belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, its head. All actions of this congregation as a member of the Church are to be carried out under His rule and authority.
  2. The Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world. 
  3. To participate in God’s mission, this congregation as a part of the Church shall:
  4. Worship God in proclamation of the Word and administration of the sacraments and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness, and service.
  5. Proclaim God’s saving Gospel of justification by grace for Christ’s sake through faith alone, according to the apostolic witness in the Holy Scripture, preserving and transmitting the Gospel faithfully to future generations.
  6. Carry out Christ’s Great Commission by reaching out to all people to bring them to faith in Christ and by doing all ministry with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier of all.
  7. Serve in response to God’s love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged, advocating dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among the nations, and standing with the poor and powerless, and committing itself to their needs.
  8. Nurture its members in the Word of God so as to grow in faith and hope and love, to see daily life as the primary setting for the exercise of their Christian calling, and to use the gifts of the Spirit for their life together and for their calling in the world.
  9. Manifest the unity given to the people of God by living together in the love of Christ and by joining with other Christians in prayer and action to express and preserve the unity which the Spirit gives.
  10. To fulfill these purposes, this congregation shall:
  11. Provide services of worship at which the Word of God is preached and the sacraments are administered.
  12. Provide pastoral care and assist all members to participate in this ministry.
  13. Challenge, equip, and support all members in carrying out their calling in their daily lives and in their congregation.
  14. Teach the Word of God.
  15. Witness to the reconciling Word of God in Christ, reaching out to all people.
  16. Respond to human need, work for justice and peace, care for the sick and the suffering, and participate responsibly in society.
  17. Motivate its members to provide financial support for the congregation’s ministry.
  18. Foster and participate in interdependent relationships with other congregations and the churchwide organization of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.
  19. Foster and participate in ecumenical relationships consistent with churchwide policy.
  20. This congregation shall develop an organizational structure to be described in the bylaws.
  21. This congregation may, from time to time, adopt a mission statement which will provide specific direction for its programs.
  April 2020  
This Week's Events


Reviving the Aging Church
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Rev. Brad Hales, Director of Domestic Mission for the North American Lutheran Church, will be at St. Mark's Lutheran Church to give his presentation on Reviving the Aging Church. Other churches are invited to join us at St. Mark's.

Lunch will be served at Noon.

Admission is free. Please call Pastor Ryman to register. 336-684-5634
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