Our Beliefs

About Us

Bethlehem Student Ministries is a ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, LCMS in Johnson City, TN. Our mission is to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ on the campuses of East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College, and to raise up leaders for service in His kingdom. We utilize Worship, Bible study, service work, and fellowship to train up disciples to follow in Christ’s footsteps. Our ministry frequently utilizes food and fun to enrich our daily lives.

Our Beliefs

As part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, we teach and respond to the love of the Triune God. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God:

the Father, creator of all that exists
the Son, Jesus Christ, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan
the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments

Lutherans believe that the Bible teaches that a person is saved by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We gather to worship God, learn about Him, apply His teachings to our lives, and serve Him as individuals and collectively as His Church. We do this on Sunday mornings as well as many other times in various ways throughout the week, both in our building and in our community.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.