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Being "Lutheran"

At St. Paul's Lutheran Church, we accept and preach the Bible-based teachings inspired by Martin Luther, the reformer of the Christian Church in the 16th century.  The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

  • Grace Alone means that God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

  • Faith Alone means that by His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

  • Scripture Alone means that the Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian teaching.

Also, St. Paul's believes the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical teaching. Contained in The Book of Concord, the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were transcribed and shared broadly by church leaders during the 16th century.  Luther's Small Catechism contains essential summaries of our beliefs, while the Augsburg Confession gives more detail about what Lutherans believe.

Regarding the Lord’s Supper

This is the Lord's Supper and He has invited His brothers and sisters to join Him where He serves His Supper.  But He has also asked that we come prepared for this sacred meal and not show up ill informed or with ill intent.

In St. Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthian congregation, he warns the believers there exhorting them to "examine themselves" before receiving the body and blood of their Lord.  He also tells them that receiving this meal unworthily is harmful...deadly!

To this end, Lutherans have always honored the ancient practice of Closed Communion where the true Body and Blood of our Lord are offered only to those who have been trained properly in the Christian religion, who are contrite in heart, have repented of thier sins, and who recognize that they are not only receiving mere bread and wine but the true body and blood of Christ who died and rose again.

If you are unsure of our beliefs concerning this practice, please speak to the pastor before the Service begins.  Rest assured that we WANT you to commune with us and we will do whatever we can to prepare you for this most sacred and holy meal.  But we do ask that you respect our beliefs and practices in this matter and please take no offense.  We truly believe what Scripture teaches and we desire not to harm you by serving you this meal wrongly.  Thank you.

The following links will help you discover and discern what it is to be Lutheran and if Lutheranism is right (for you).  The BEST way to learn is to come and visit, to ask questions, and to engage with our church family.

First, for a list of Frequenty Asked Questions, visit the LCMS website.  LCMS stands for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

When you’re ready to dig deeper online, you may want to read our doctrinal texts (The Book of Concord):

The Three Ecumenical Creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian; these are the historical Creeds of the church universal)

The Small Catechism (The Small Catechism is most often used to teach the Christian faith to children and youth)

The Large Catechism (The Large Catechism is most often studied by pastors and church leadership)

The Augsburg Confession (This is one of the fundamental doctrinal statements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church)

The Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession

Treatise On the Primacy and Power of the Pope

Smalcald Articles

The Epitome of the Formula of Concord

The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord

FYI: “Concord” means “agreement”.  While these documents in no way are a substitute for Holy Scripture, we believe that they are a clear and right exposition of Holy Scripture.  Not only do these documents “agree” (concord) with Scripture, but they clearly state (confess) what we believe as Lutheran Christians.

Other helpful sources

An Introduction to the Missouri Synod

Doctrinal Statement (A Brief Statement) of 1932

Scripture and Confessional Principles

** IMPORTANT: Please understand that providing these resources on our website DOES NOT preclude your need to come to church, hear the Word of God, speak to our pastors, and have fellowship with other believers.