About the Bible
The Bible—the Old Testament and the New Testament—is THE Word of God. This Holy book reveals the truth of Jesus Christ, the foundation of the Christian faith.
We believe in One God, yet three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19). God made the universe and is still active in it for our good, seeking to draw you and all people into a perfect relationship with Him.
Problem is, sin ruins that relationship with God. Sin is the distrust of God and His Word. Instead of being dependent upon God, obedient to Him and trusting Him, we would rather be gods and not have God at all.
In the Bible, God says that we are conceived and born into sin, weak, ungodly, and enemies of God (Romans 5:6-10; Ephesians 2:1-3). Our sinful condition leads us to actual sins (any thought, word, or act that disobeys God’s commandments).
Worse yet, God’s judgment on our sin is death and hell. Our own good deeds, hard work, or good moral living cannot bring us back into a good relationship with God because we still have sin (Romans 3:23).
About Jesus Christ
God shows His love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God is so invested in you and all people that His Son became a human being, born of the Virgin Mary. As true God and true man, Jesus suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried to suffer the punishment of all sins, including yours! Jesus rose from the dead on Easter as our victorious Savior over sin, death, and the Devil. God forgives all your sins and gives eternal life as a gift ONLY because Jesus died and rose back to life for you. This gift is yours through faith, when you believe that Jesus Christ suffered and died for you.
About True, Living Faith
God the Holy Spirit has been sent among us and is active today so that Christians have true, living, and saving faith in Jesus. Those who believe in Jesus Christ gladly and willingly obey the commandments of God by the power and help of the Holy Spirit.
About the “Word and Sacraments”
So how do you know for sure that the Holy Spirit has come to you? Can you be sure that you have true, living and saving faith in Jesus Christ?
Your assurance of God’s love, forgiveness, faith, and your salvation is found in God’s Word. God will speak to you concerning these things when you hear a sermon preached at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Your assurance also comes from reading, listening to, and studying what the Bible says concerning what Jesus Christ has done for you.
In addition, to strengthen our faith, God even promises to forgive our sins and give eternal life through tangible and personal ways as well.
God offers and promises His eternal gifts through baptism. All nations are to be baptized with water, young and old, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18-20). Baptism is God’s action, sign, and proof that He forgives you, accepts you, saves you, and claims you as His own dear child (1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-5; Titus 3:5-7; Acts 2:37-39).
God also offers and promises to forgive your sins through confession (John 20:22-23). All who are sorry for their sins, confess their sins to God privately or publicly, and want God’s help to do better are truly forgiven. If a certain sin really burdens your heart, private confession with Pastor is offered and encouraged so that you have a certain word of forgiveness from God.
Finally, according to the words of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25), Jesus offers His own body and blood for us to eat and to drink for our forgiveness, life, and salvation in the Lord’s Supper. How can Jesus come to us in bread and wine to forgive us? We will never fully understand it here on earth, but we fully trust Jesus’ words of promise and His power to make it happen.This is just a short overview and summary of what we believe. To learn more about what we believe, teach, and confess as a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, please visit this page.