Our Beliefs

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Our Beliefs

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Holy Scripture

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, free from any error whatsoever, and the only source and norm of Christian teaching. Read More

The Three Universal Christian Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions

We believe, teach and confess in harmony with the three Universal Christian Creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, as well as the Confessional Documents in the Lutheran Book of Concord of 1580. These creeds and confessions are a correct explanation of what the Bible teaches. Therefore, they are the standard of teaching and practice in our parish. Read More

God

We believe that there is only one true and living God, the God of the Bible, and none other.  The true God is three Persons in one God, and one God in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30) Read More

Sin

We believe that God created Man in His image (Genesis 1:27), that is, without sin. But man, through disobedience and unbelief, lost this perfection (Genesis 3:6), became sinful and corrupt by nature (Psalm 51:5), and an enemy of God (Romans 8:7). Therefore man is subject to all the consequences of sin and ultimately death which is the punishment for sin (Romans 6:23). Read More

Jesus Christ

We believe that God sent His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue mankind from the punishment of sin (John 3:16-17). Only Jesus could save mankind because He is both true Man and true God (John 1:14). By His perfect obedience to God’s commands (Romans 5:18) and by His innocent suffering and death and glorious resurrection from the dead, Jesus took away sin and won forgiveness, life and salvation for all (John 1:29, 1 John 2:2, Romans 4:25). Read More Luther Pointing to the Crucifix (1)

Justification and Salvation

We believe that our works cannot save us.  Rather, we are freely justified (declared innocent of sin and righteous) before God on account of Jesus’ perfect work for us.  For Christ’s sake the sins of all who believe in Him are forgiven before God.  Through faith in Christ we are saved from sin, death and hell (Romans 3:21-28, Galatians 2:16) Read More

Free Will and Conversion

We believe that we have no free will in spiritual matters. As sinners, there is no power in us by which we can come to Jesus or choose Him as our Lord and Savior. Rather, we are brought to faith in Christ and kept in that faith only and completely by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:1-6, Colossians 2:13) Read More

The Means of Grace

We believe that God operates through the means of grace, that is, through the Word and the sacraments of baptism, absolution, and the Lord’s Supper. In these ways He creates and nourishes faith and bestows on repentant sinners the gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation that Christ won for the whole world on the cross. Read More

God’s Word: Law & Gospel

We believe that God’s Word is God’s power to work effectively in our lives. With the word of His Law (the Ten Commandments), God shows us our sin and our need for a Savior. With the word of His Gospel (the “good news” of Jesus and His work for us) God forgives our sins for Jesus’ sake. (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 10:17) Read More

Baptism

We believe that Baptism saves us (1 Peter 3:21-22). Baptism is the application of water with the Name of God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). In Baptism God creates saving faith in our hearts and washes away the guilt of our sins. This is true for infants and adults alike. (John 3:3-6; Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:4; Titus 3:5-8) Read More

Absolution

We believe that faithful, baptized Christians too need to keep receiving Christ’s forgiveness because they sin daily and struggle with the effects of sin. God announces the forgiveness of sins through confession & absolution, in the worship service and in private settings (John 20:23). Read More

The Lord’s Supper

We believe that in the Lord’s Supper the bread and wine are Jesus Christ’s true, substantial body and blood, the same body and blood born of Mary, that suffered and died on the cross, was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. By feeding us with Christ’s body and blood, God grants us the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation and unites us to Himself. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) Read More