What We Teach and Believe at St. Mark Ypsi
Who is God?

God is three persons yet one God. The title we use to express this mystery is the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

God has always existed.

God the Creator formed the cosmos (ie. the universe) and continues to provide for the needs of every aspect of it, including each of us. We believe that God knows us by name.

God the Son, Jesus Christ, is true God and true human. At the right time, he was born into our humanity, lived among us proclaiming God's love, died to pay the price for human sin, and came back to life on the day we call Easter. In doing this, he has saved us from sin and death and has given us formidable forgiveness, absolute acceptance and limitless life.

God the Holy Spirit gives us the power to follow Christ and live each day fully and joyfully.

What is the Bible? What are the Sacraments?

The Bible is God's revealed truth and shapes all that we believe about God and our relationships with God and one another.

We are a sacramental people. That is, the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are important to us and are a central part of our life. God comes to us through these gifts and gives them freely to all people. They are the "means of grace."

When this earthly life is completed, there is a never-ending life, amazingly beyond the joys of our imagination, that awaits the people of God in Jesus Christ.

Who is the Church?
Who are our Ministry Partners?

The church is not a denomination nor is it a building. The church is the body of Christ, which includes all who believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.

There are no walls, no boundaries. All believers across the globe and throughout time are the church.

St. Mark Lutheran Church is a partner in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Southeast Michigan Synod. Together we reach out into the world with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In February of 2020, through the ELCA internship program, we also began a partnership with Zion Lutheran Church, and we are excited to see how this partnership blesses the folks both at St. Mark and at Zion Ann Arbor.