Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
We are called “Lutheran” because we share a common faith and common confession with Martin Luther, the 16th century reformer of the church.
We are called “Missouri Synod” because our church body was founded in the state of Missouri in the 1840’s and has its headquarters in St. Louis.
As Lutheran Christians we believe in Christ’s love and mercy by which Our God has forgiven all our sins.
The Bible teaches…
God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, without error, the only authority in all matters of Christian faith and life. We believe that Baptism is for all of God’s people and is a means of salvation.
Mark 10: 13-16, 1 Peter 3:21
In the Bible, God has told us that we are made right with Him through faith in Christ Jesus, who died and rose from the grave so that we might avoid the punishment due us because of our sins, and go to heaven. Anyone who truly has Christ, has eternal life.
We believe that the Lord has instituted His Supper for our salvation, and is truly present in the bread and wine.
1 Corinthians 10:16
We at Bethleham Luthern Church are very interested in the people of our area. Our congregation was established in 1872 and has had a long history of Christian commitment to our community. We believe that our church exsists for just one purpose, namely, the salvation of the eternal souls of men, women, and children.