In the Old Testament, Zion is the dwelling
place of the LORD, the place where God meets with His people to
render justice. Physically, Mount Zion was at Jerusalem, and there
in Jerusalem God did indeed render justice once and for all in
the sacrifice of His own dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Since
the resurrection and ascension of our God and Savior Jesus, and
since the Father and the Son have poured out His Holy Spirit upon
all believers, Zion is no longer restricted to that little geographic
spot in Palestine.
Now Zion is the Holy Christian and Apostolic
Church of all ages and places, but Zion remains the spot where
God meets with His people to render justice. That is, the Church
is the place where God gives out the forgiveness of sins and eternal
salvation purchased for us by the bloody death of Jesus.
Indeed, Zion remains the place where God dwells
for the sake of the salvation of the world. In Zion, the Holy
Christian Church, the Triune God still meets with those who need
His mercy, and He abundantly and joyously pours His good and life-giving
gifts out upon us in Word and Sacrament.
How fitting that our church should be called Zion. God preserve
us to be always true to this name!
We believe, teach, and confess...
As Lutherans, we believe, teach, and confess
the historic Christian faith, which the Holy Spirit delivered
to the Church in Holy Scripture. Because it is Gods Word,
Scripture (the Bible) is entirely trustworthy and without error.
Thus, on the basis of Holy Scripture, we joyfully and boldly confess: