ABOUT ST. JOHN'S MAHONING
Here at St. John's in Mahoning, we define ourselves as "A Family of Friends Alive with God's Love". We work together as friends, love each other as a family, and treat St. John's as our "home" all while feeling ALIVE with the amazing love of our awesome God.
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." (1 John 4:9-11)
Our church is named for Saint John the Evangelist, the author of the Fourth Gospel. His symbol is the Eagle found represented throughout our historic building.
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
St John’s is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
As such, we confess a triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching we trust that the good news (Gospel) of God’s saving love is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
Our teaching and theology serve the proclamation of the Gospel. They prepare our members to be witnesses, in speech and action, of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ. We do not have the answers for all religious questions, but we continually seek direction from God for how we should speak and act.
We identify the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran Confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. The Holy Spirit uses these to strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him.
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. Members of St John’s are called and privileged to participate in God's work in the world. God calls and empowers us for mission through baptism. As a community of believers justified by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), we do not describe mission in terms of our own work but with reference to the healing, salvation and restoration that God accomplishes through Christ. We seek the guidance of the Spirit in our planning, while expecting surprising developments and unanticipated opportunities. Grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. We have the courage to explore the world as saints and sinners because we are certain of God's promises and have a confident hope that all God's loving purposes will be fulfilled when our risen Lord Jesus Christ returns.
For more information on the beliefs of the ELCA, please visit: http://www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching