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What We Believe

Certain beliefs are essential. In essential beliefs, we have unity. Other beliefs are non-essential. In these we have tolerance. In all our beliefs we are called to show charity. While it is impossible to cover all of our beliefs here in a format that most people will take time to read, the following is a brief overview of some of our “essential” beliefs.

The essentials:

We believe in the Bible. The Bible transcends time for it is ageless in revealing God’s purpose in our world. We believe it is the inspired word of God. It is the standard by which we form our doctrine and implement our mission outreach.

We believe in the Trinity. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – creator, Savior and the indwelling presence of God in men, women and children. This presence inspires, energizes and motivates, essentially serving as our conscience.

We believe that Jesus Christ was crucified, died, was buried and resurrected on the third day that we might have eternal life.

We believe in the sacraments. We recognize two sacraments: Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. Our communion service is “open” meaning that all persons are invited to share this sacrament. We celebrate the sacrament of baptism by immersion, sprinkling, and pouring. Each has its own symbolic worth.

We believe in people. We believe that God loved us so much that he sent his son to be born, live, die and resurrect for us. We believe that people are created in God’s spiritual image. While we believe that we are made in God’s image, we also acknowledge our disobedience to God, which we call “sin.” Because of Christ’s grace, we also believe in “salvation” or forgiveness of sin.

We also believe that we are family. St. John’s family is filled with many diverse elements as displayed in ethnicity, gender, age, and interests. We believe that we are large enough to offer what you are looking for and small enough to get to know you.

5312 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151 tel 703-256-6655