Our Mission and Beliefs

 med3St. Timothy Lutheran Church is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel to the people of our community and the world. Building up and strengthening through Word and Sacrament leading to eternal life.

What We Believe

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, it is His message to all people. The entire Bible points to Jesus as the Savior.
  • There is only one true God. He has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • God is creator of everything that exists.
  • People were originally created by God pure and holy. They lived according to God’s will, doing what was pleasing to Him.
  • Adam and Eve, the man and woman God created in the beginning, went against God’s will and brought sin into the world. Since that time, all people have been conceived and born in sin.
  • Sin is living out of relationship with God, not living according to God’s will, and thus transgressing His holy will in thought, word and deed.
  • People cannot save themselves by their good works or restore themselves to a right relationship with God.
  • God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He is both true God and true man. He lived to fulfill God’s law for us, died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserved, and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life. He ascended into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.
  • Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, God declares a person just, or righteous, and forgiven. This happens not because of human effort, but because the justification won by Jesus is applied to the one who believes in Jesus as Savior.
  • Faith in Jesus is a gift of God, given by the power of the Holy Spirit, thus all the glory belongs    to God.
  • The means of grace are the Word, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion. By these means, God applies the merits of Jesus’ atoning death to all who believe in Jesus as their Savior.
  • Jesus will come again to take all believers to Himself. On the final day, all the dead will be raised. Those who are still alive will be bodily transformed. After this, the final judgment will take place. Unbelievers will go into eternal damnation, and believers into eternal life with God.
  • The true Christian Church is made up of all believers of all times who believe in the Triune God and in Jesus Christ as their only Savior.
  • The true visible Church is the church which correctly preaches and teaches God’s Word and administers Holy Baptism and Holy Communion according to the teachings of Scripture.
  • Christians are called to tell others that the only way of salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and to show their faith by their deeds of love towards others.

Who Is Jesus?

No one else has influenced history as He has. Jesus is the Son of God. Old Testament prophets spoke of His coming and described the eternal and life-changing and impact He would have.

Jesus is both God and man. He stilled the seas and walked on water. With a touch of His hand, He cured incurable diseases. He restored life to those who had physically died.

Jesus personifies love. He paid the ultimate price so that we could live with Him forever. He sees us through the eyes of love.

He loves us in spite of every hurtful thought, every harmful word, and every wrongful action. These are all a result of sin, which contaminates everything we do. It is behind every broken home, every empty life, every infirmity, every damaged emotion, every sorrow and grief. An as the Bible says, the end result of sin is death (Romans 6:23). But Jesus Himself was sinless; only He could pay the penalty for our sins.

Because of His love, He suffered, died and rose again.

We are forgiven. All who believe in Jesus are guaranteed eternal life with Him in heaven.

Why did Jesus do this? Because Jesus is love.

What Difference Does Jesus Make?

Suffering and pain touch everyone. At times life seems like an endless cycle of hopelessness. Even Christians, who claim that Jesus is the source of hope amidst the struggles, still suffer. They still struggle. This still die. So, what’s the point? What difference does Jesus make?

First, look at the brokenness that invades your life – those things that cause guilt, shame, and grief. They exist because of a condition called sin – sin separates you from God and robs you of the peace, comfort and hope you desperately crave. And no matter how hard you try, there isn’t anything you can do to make things right again on your own. That’s where Jesus comes in.

Jesus knows the misery you feel. Jesus makes the difference at that very point – when your pain intersects your cry for help. Jesus is God’s answer to that cry.

Jesus took the punishment you deserve. He died in your place so that you can be forgiven. Because you are forgiven, you can have the comfort of knowing you are at peace with God and the certainty that He provides you with the strength to cope with guilt, shame and grief.

And because of what Jesus has done for you, your past is forgiven, your present can be lived with confidence, and your future is guaranteed.

For all who believe in Jesus, an everlasting world – without suffering, sin and death – is assured. This glorious place called heaven is where you will see Jesus face to face.

That’s the difference Jesus makes!

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