St. Luke JOY is catholic, Protestant, reformed, and evangelical. By catholic we do not mean that we are part of the Roman Catholic Church. Rather, we understand the term to mean ‘universal’ and so, we uphold and live into, the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds. We confess that there is one faith, one hope, one Lord, and one baptism. The Church of the Lord Jesus takes many forms (denominations), but there is only one true faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3)
St. Luke JOY is Protestant. That means that we identify with the affirmations of the Protestant Reformation. Protestants lift up the ideals of faith alone, Scripture alone, grace alone, Christ alone, glory to God alone!
St. Luke JOY is Reformed. The Reformed are a tradition that comes from within the greater Protestant family. As members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (www.epc.org) we affirm the majesty, holiness, and providence of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–who creates, sustains, rules and redeems the world in the freedom of sovereign righteousness and love. We also uphold the Essential of Faith as outlined by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church which all members affirm.
St. Luke JOY is Evangelical.To be “Evangelical” means to believe in the importance of sharing the good news that through Jesus Christ the kingdom of God has been inaugurated, freeing people from the guilt and power of sin through personal faith and repentance. We express this priority on evangelism by stating it in our governing documents as the first work of the church.
In short, we affirm that Jesus is the son of God and believe in Him as the only means of salvation. We profess that Christ physically died on the cross and bodily resurrected from the grave so that we can have eternal life. Further, we affirm that the Bible is the only inspired, perfect, sufficient and authoritative word of God and the only source for Christian doctrine.
The St. Luke congregation is very serious about the above statements but still exude joyfulness and humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and are able to laugh at ourselves. We at St. Luke can be described as calm on the outside, jumping for JOY on the inside.