Where We Stand
Grace Alone Only by God’s grace, by His steadfast love, compassion, and forgiveness can we find new and everlasting life. The Bible teaches that we are saved from sin, death, and everlasting condemnation only by God’s grace. (Ephesians 2:8-10.)
Faith Alone Faith is the only by way which we can receive God’s gifts of grace. Faith is trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and is created and sustained by God working through his Word, through Baptism, and through the Lord’s Supper.
Scripture Alone The writings of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are the only rule and norm by which all doctrines and teachers are measured and judged (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Why We Exist
We at St. Stephen, on TEAM JESUS, exist to glorify and serve God with our Time, Talents, Treasures, and Telling to connect people to Jesus so we can grow in our faith and love for Him and our love and care for one another.
We are a community of imperfect people that gather around our perfect and Holy God to receive forgiveness and strength to live a new life. It is a new life that glorifies God by sharing the same love, forgiveness, and hope we receive with others.
Our Beliefs as Lutherans
A Lutheran is first a Christian – one who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Furthermore, we are committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus so that others may also believe, grow and serve joyfully with us.
We are associated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. To be Lutheran simply means that we accept the scriptural truths that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century and led to a renewed focus on the Gospel. As a result, we uphold an extravagant and mysterious view of God's love: that man is saved purely by God's grace through faith alone, apart from works. We believe that God is so loving and powerful that he is actively working through His Word as well as saving and sustaining sinful men, women and children through his mysterious gifts of baptism and the Lord's Supper.