What We Believe

What We Believe

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We subscribe unconditionally to the 1580 Book of Concord.

  • The Sacraments: The Sacraments are God's gifts to His chosen children. According to Luther's Small Catechism we confess there are two Sacraments.
  • Baptism is where we are united with Christ in His death so that our sins are washed away in the cleansing flood of water combined with God's Word and then we arise with Christ in His resurrection clothed by His righteousness. Baptism is a gift given to us by God that seperates us from this world and delivers us to be children of God. It is for all from infant to death bed.
  • Holy Communion is Christ's true body and blood in, with, and under the elements of bread and wine. Christ is not just spiritually present but also physically present for us. In this we take Him into our mouths and He works in us forgiveness of our sins. It is a most wonderful gift from the God who created us and died for us and  now desires to be with us so much that He allows Himself to be physically present in this His Holy Meal and then in us poor sinners. 
  • The Trinity: God is three in one. Inseperable, Indivisable, Immutable as confessed in the three ecumenical creeds.
  • The Scriptures: God's Holy Word is delivered by inspiration to men. It is inerrant.  It is the only source of rule and norm for us. We subscribe to the 1580 Book of Concord as a right explanation of Holy Scripture.
  • Eternal Salvation: Salvation has been won for us by Christ's coming to us in flesh, His leading a perfect life and His atoning death on the cross. He declared His victory over sin, death and the devil in His glorious resurrection.
  • The Church: The church is the body of Christ and is wherever the Word of God is heard and the Sacraments are rightly delivered. It is through the church that God sends out workers to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is through the church that we extend God's mercy to the poor, the weak, the fatherless and to the defensless as we love our neighbors as oursleves.

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