What we believe

We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him.

 

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

 

The proclamation of God's message to us as both law and gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself.

 

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God.  Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ.  Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

 

We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.

 

We accept the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.


We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice.  We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

 

We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.

 

We believe, teach, and confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God's mission in the world.


St. paul's is a member of...

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

 

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC):  an association of congregations and individuals who are: free in Christ; accountable to one another; rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions; working  together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

st. paul's proudly partners with...

Lutheran Core

 

Lutheran CORE is a coalition of pastors, lay people, congregations and reforming groups. Who seek to preserve within the Lutheran churches in North America the authority of the Word of God according to the Lutheran confessions. Their intention is to work with congregations, individuals, and other reform-minded groups for the renewal of churches.

our logo: spiritus gladius

The depiction of a sword with the book of Sacred Scripture is the symbol for St. Paul. It has its origins in Saint Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (6:17), in which he exhorts the faithful to "...take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."