What We Believe

About Lutherans (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)

  • We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
  • We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God. It creates and nurtures faith through the work of the Holy Spirit and points us to Jesus Christ, the living Word and center of our faith.

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The Biblical Basis of Baptism

Baptism was established and commanded by Jesus (Matthew 28:19).

In Holy Baptism, God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful self to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Holy Baptism is received by faith alone. Baptism is for children. Baptism is for adults. Baptism is done only once and lasts all of our life.

Baptism for All Ages

Some candidates for baptism are adults and older children who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, declare their faith, and desire Holy Baptism. Others are the young or infant children of active members of the congregation or those children for whom members of the congregation assume sponsorship. In either case, Baptism is God's gift of overwhelming grace.
When infants and young children are baptized, the parents and sponsors receive instruction and the children are taught throughout their development. With adults and older children, the baptismal candidates themselves are given instruction and formation for faith and ministry in the world both prior to and following their baptism.

To schedule a baptism at Zion, complete the online baptismal form. For further questions, please contact Zion at 319-338-0944.

Adapted from The Use of the Means of Grace, a statement on the practice of Word and Sacrament, adopted by the ELCA for guidance and practice.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion is one of the two sacraments in the Lutheran Church (baptism being the other). Holy Communion was established and commanded by Jesus. (I Corinthians 11:23 ff.) At the table of our Lord Jesus Christ, God nourishes faith, forgives sin, and calls us to be witnesses to the Gospel.
In this sacrament the crucified and risen Christ is present, giving his body and blood as food and drink. The Augsburg Confession states: "It is taught among us that the true body and blood of Christ are really present in the Supper of our Lord under the form of bread and wine and are there distributed and received."
Zion celebrates Holy Communion at both Sunday services as well as Saturday night services.

Visit the ELCA website for more information nationally. Β Visit the Southeastern Iowa Synod (ELCA) web site for local information.

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