How do you stand before God? The answer to that question is at the heart of all preaching, teaching, and worship at St. Paul Lutheran. God’s Son, Jesus Christ (true God and true Man), is in the center of everything. By His innocent suffering and death upon the cross, Christ paid the price for the sin of the world, redeemed the world from sin and ransomed sinners from death and hell. His bodily resurrection on Easter Sunday was the public declaration of His victory over the forces of evil and the acceptance of His sacrifice by God the Father. By His death and resurrection, Christ won the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation for all people.
Does truth change? In a world of ever-shifting truths, we are confident that God’s truth is changeless. Jesus Christ is The Truth and His word is truth. Thus, we believe, teach and confess exactly what the Bible teaches and what the Church has always taught from the Bible. We strive to teach all things whatsoever our Lord Jesus has commanded us (Matthew 28). We do not compromise what the Bible teaches on doctrine and morals, for the Bible is God’s own teaching that gives us life in Him. We acknowledge and accept all of Holy Scripture as the inspired, error-free Word of God, just as our Lutheran forefathers did. We boldly confess the ancient Christian creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian) and we subscribe unconditionally to the confessional writings in the Lutheran Book of Concord of 1580. We do so because these creeds and confessions are a true and faithful exposition of God’s Word with Christ in the center.
Where can we obtain the gifts of God’s grace that Jesus has won for us? Where does God communicate with us? Where can we have access to His abiding presence with us? The Bible’s answer is clear: in God’s Word and Sacraments. In the preaching of His Word, God calls us to acknowledge our sins and repent (the Law). He then speaks words of mercy and forgiveness (the Gospel). In the holy Sacraments: baptism, absolution (the declaring of the forgiveness of sins) and the Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper), God distributes His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation so that all those who believe in Christ should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). We are not ashamed of the forms of worship we have received from our fathers down through the ages. Rather, we embrace the historic Church’s rich liturgical heritage. It serves as a fitting vehicle for the Gospel and Sacraments and it glorifies the Triune God by putting Christ at the center.