St. Matthew is made up of ordinary people like you who gather together around God's Word to receive encouragement as we journey through life to eternal life in heaven. Some of us are married, some of us are single. Some of us are just getting started in life, and some of us are golden-agers. We come from a wide variety of religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds. But we all share a common faith in a God who loves all people and who proved it by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue the world from sin.
We have a lot to offer people. There are education courses for all ages (especially the youth). Teens find opportunities for healthy, safe recreation. Parents find guidance for difficult situations. We visit sick & shut-in members on a regualr basis. Counseling is available for everyone. We strive to get our members involved in living their faith through Bible study and prayer. Although we do not operate our own Lutheran Elementary School, we work with Our Savior in Grafton and cover full tuition for our members who send their children there. Our Child Care offers a safe, moral environment for children infant through pre-school as well as a program for school-age children.
Most importantly, we share the good news of Jesus and his love. What a joy to know that because of his life, death and resurrection, all of our guilt is gone! We have his promise of eternal life in heaven. What a joy to know that God is smiling on you right now. He is with you to help you and bless you.
Here is a short summary of our beliefs:
We are a Christian Church. We confess Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin and the only hope for eternal life.
We are a Bible Church. We believe that all of the Bible is the true Word of God and is never wrong. The Bible is the final authority for Christian teaching and life.
We are a Lutheran Church. We share the message that salvation is the gift of God by “Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone.”
We are a Confessional Church. We subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions as compiled in the Book of Concord, 1580. (The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The Small Catechism, The Large Catechism, The Augsburg Confession, The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, The Smalcald Articles, The Formula of Concord)
We are a Wisconsin Synod Church. We belong to a worldwide fellowship of believers, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), united for the purpose of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with all people.
We are a Community Church. We are a growing family of neighbors and friends sharing God's love to meet each other's needs.
To put it another way, we believe . . .
that God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19).
that God created us and the entire world in which we live (Gn 1:1).
that we and all people sin against God in our thoughts, words and actions (Ro 8:23).
that we and all people deserve to die physically and eternally for our sins (Ro 6:23).
that God in his love planned to save us and all people from the punishment we deserve (Gn 3:15).
that God sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to take our place (Jn 3:16).
that Christ lived a sinless life and innocently died for the sins of the entire world (1 Cor 5:21; 1 Jn 2:2).
that we and all people have complete pardon for our sins through Christ's perfect life and sacrificial death (Jn 3:16).
that God makes this pardon ours by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph :8,9).
that faith itself is a gift given by God through the working of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:3).
that the Holy Spirit works through the Gospel (Good News) of Christ in the Word of God and in the
Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Ro 10:17; 1 Pe 3:21; Mt 26:28).
that the books of the Bible are in their entirety the true Word of God and contain no errors (2 Tm 3:16).
that because of Christ's life, death and resurrection we also can joyfully and thankfully live for him and with him now and forever (Ga 2:20; Jn 14:19).
St. Matthew is where you can find the peace that only our Savior, Jesus, can give you. Give us a call or stop by and visit. We'd love to get to know you better!