Who We Are

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31 January, 2019

St John's Lutheran Church is a warm, family friendly Church in the heart of the leafy suburb of Malvern in Adelaide, South Australia. We are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus into our community. We would love for you to join us as we continually grow together in Jesus.

We are in partnership with Concordia College - St John's Campus and a part of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

OUR VISION

We are a Christ-centred, welcoming, vibrant, intergenerational community empowered and equipped by God to serve and share Jesus’ love.

OUR MISSION

We exist to share Jesus’ love by:

·       Celebrating in worship;

·       Growing in faith;

·       Caring for people; and

·   Telling others about Jesus

so that the Kingdom of God might grow in and through us.




 

Creation

We believe that God created the universe and everything in it, and that he created humans as the crown of creation and as moral beings for a life of worship and service to God 

Rebellion

We believe that we turned our back on God's will and purposes (that is, we 'sinned'), and in our rebellious and sinful condition we stand helpless and hopeless under the judgement of God

Redemption

We believe that God gave his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of all of us, and that the good news of his love in Christ is for all people everywhere 

New Life

We believe that everyone who, by the working of the Holy Spirit, accepts in personal faith what Jesus Christ has done by his death on the cross and by his resurrection, receives forgiveness from God, becomes a child of God and a member of his church 

The Church

We believe that Christians are called into the church to praise and worship God, to receive the Spirit's renewal of their faith, to strengthen their fellow believers, and to carry out God's mission of taking the good news of his saving love to all people.

The Bible

We believe that God has revealed eternal truth to us in his inspired, inerrant word, the Bible, and that it alone is the basis of the Christian faith 

The Baptism

We believe that God offers his grace and forgiveness to all people, including infants, in the sacrament of baptism.

Holy Communion

We also believe that in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, the body and blood of Christ are given in, with and under bread and wine, as a further assurance of personal forgiveness to believers.

Life of Service

We believe that Christians, though still subject to sin and failure, will show love to God in a life of loving service to other people, practicing forgiveness, kindness, patience, humility and unselfish service for Christ's sake.

Life after Death

We believe that God will raise up all people on the last day and that every person who believes in Jesus as Saviour will be given eternal life.

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Concordia College - St John's Campus

Concordia College-St John's Campus and St John's Lutheran Church has a rich and longstanding history together, beginning with St John's Lutheran Church building and establishing St John's Lutheran School which opened it's doors to 19 students on the 12th of February 1952.

On 1 January 2016, Concordia College and St John’s Lutheran School, which were historically two separate schools, joined together as one school adopting the names Concordia College-Concordia Campus and Concordia College-St John's Campus.

The Concordia College-St John's Campus and St John's Lutheran Church still walk a close path together with Pastor Andrew Brook spending time with the staff and students.

He meets regularly as support for Concordia-St John’s Campus principal, and is a member of the Spiritual Life Team.

He offers pastoral care and conducts pastoral rites as needed. The Lead Pastor is also a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Concordia College Board and attends the regular Board meeting, as well as Concordia Campus Spiritual Life Committee.

This connection has further been strengthened by the appointment of a shared Spiritual Life Coordinator, Paula Meyer, who aids further collaboration and partnership between Church and School.

Students from Concordia College-St John's Campus lead a School Service once a term, at the 10.00am Service at Concordia College Chapel.

 

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Lutheran Church of Australia

St John's Lutheran Church is a part of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

In the words of the classic Lutheran summary of faith, the Lutheran Church of Australia believe that we are saved 'by grace, for Christ's sake, through faith'. In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn God's favour or to gain eternal life. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has won all this and more for us. We also believe that only the Bible is the source of inspiration and teaching.

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Professional Standards

LOVE COMES TO LIFE when we treat each other with courtesy and respect, and when the way we behave towards each other reflects the way God loves us.

Demonstrating God’s love for us, by the way we behave towards one another, is central to life in our church. It is important that we clearly articulate the standard of behaviour we expect from one another, not using vague language, but in useful practical terms. The LCA has adopted Standards of Ethical Behaviour that express in simple and clear language how we can demonstrate and declare God's love to one another by how we conduct ourselves in our:

  • personal behaviour
  • pastoral care
  • caring for children
  • communications
  • financial and administrative matters.

The Professional Standards Department (PSD) assists congregations and other bodies to promote high standards of ethical behaviour and care for all, and especially for children and others in vulnerable circumstance, by providing a comprehensive training program.


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