We are all sinners - We believe that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory
of God (Romans 3:23) therefore we need reconciliation and forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness
is God's promise but we must examine ourselves and admit we need saving.
We all must repent. Mark chapter 1, Jesus called everyone to "Repent and believe
the Good News". Repentance is a turning away from sin. No one is rendered perfect
and beyond giving into temptation but willful rebellion is not for the Christian.
Instead, our deepest desire is to obey God and live in holiness. We are saved by
faith and not by works but we are to become new creations, putting on the new man,
taking up our crosses daily, and following Him.
We are saved by faith: (Sola Fide) Salvation is God's free gift to us and it is by
faith not by religious works and rituals. The church is where the Word is preached
and the sacraments administered but the works of the church do not save.
Salvation is God's gift for grace: (Sola Gratia) God's is merciful and kind and has
given us salvation as a free gift. God's grace is for everyone who will repent and
come to Him (Ephesians 2:8)
Salvation is found in Christ alone: (Solo Christo)- God has given us the ministry
of reconciliation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18) and in Him we find complete forgiveness
of sins and by His grace are justified and stand before God righteous. Jesus is the
Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The glory of our salvation is to God alone: (Soli Deo Gloria). There is one God and
He is the one to whom all the glory of salvation is to be given. No person, institution,
or other god plays any role in the saving work of God in giving His Son to pay for
our sins and in Him find complete atonement.
The Bible is the perfect and inspired Word of God: (Sola Scriptura). Joy Independent
Lutheran regards the Bible as the literal Word of God and the ultimate authority
for all matters of doctrine and Godliness. With correct understanding and application
we take the Bible literally, believing it to be without error, "God breathed" and
suitable for all doctrine (2 Timothy 16). All sermons are written and delivered to
be held up to scripture for critique.
Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5) No person, living
or departed, goes to Christ on your behalf. Christ is your savior by faith and is
our mediator with the Father. No church authority or doctrine of man stands between
you and the Lord. Nor, can the canonized intercede on your behalf with the Father.
Penance and outward acts of contrition do not atone for ones sins. Christ did it
all on the cross.
Communion - Joy Independent Lutheran celebrates "Close Communion" every Sunday. It
is not a requirement that one be a member of Joy Independent Lutheran . Holy Communion
is for all baptized believers in Jesus Christ who, having examined themselves, approach
the Lord's table with a truly repentant heart, believing in the True Presence of
Christ in the bread and the cup and not a mere symbol. (1st Corinthians 11:29-30).
The communion cups are filled with grape juice to accommodate minors and people with
problems with alcohol.
Confession - We practice corporate confession in our services as all Lutheran churches
do. We also believe in individual confession with the pastor when one needs to discuss
a sin that they find especially burdensome. No penance is given because no act of
contrition can forgive sins. The confession is heard, absolution is affirmed, and
guidance is given to help the penitent in his or her desire to obey the Lord and
have victory over his or her sin.
Traditional Liturgical Services - Liturgy is good because it approaches God in a
reverent and orderly way. On the other hand, liturgy can be cold and lacking is spirituality
if it is no more than a format. We believe that church can be beautiful, uplifting,
and spirit filled with a traditional liturgy. The creeds, congregational prayers,
scripture readings, sermons, and of course the Lord's Supper are comforting as they
contain statements of faith, prayers of intercession, means of grace, and above all,
the liturgy gets the congregation involved in the service instead of being a passive
"We have no "contemporary service".
Theology - We believe in the Holy Trinity as laid out in the Bible and explained
in the three ecumenical creeds, the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian
Creed, as well as the Augsburg Confession while teaching both the Luther's small
and large catechism.
Justification by faith alone and Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father.
Not yet saved? - If you're not yet a Christian but would like to learn more about
Jesus Christ, you are most certainly welcome. You don't have to be a Christian to
attend church, but you do need to be a baptized believer to receive communion. You
can still get a lot out of church. Hear the Word of God for yourself and see how
amazing and merciful Jesus is and what He has done for you.
We hope you will come worship with us, Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. At our chapel
at Pine Ridge
Please feel free to contact us with any special needs
May GOD be with you.
JOY INDEPENDENT LUTHERAN
“ A Evangelical Charismatic Ministry“
Following in the walk of MARTIN LUTHER
60-A FM 946 South, Oakhurst TX 77359
The Rev. David S Joy, Pastor and The Rev. Scott D Joy, Co-Pastor