Along with the whole Christian Church, we believe, teach and confess that the one true God reveals Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is fundamental to the Christian faith.
Thus, we regularly confess this orthodox Christian doctrine using the three Ecumenical Creeds (Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian), publicly confessing back to God what He has taught us in the Holy Scripture.
We believe, teach and confess that the Bible is the infallible and perfect Word of God, given to us by His prophets and apostles and preserved for us according to His divine and merciful will. The Scripture can be trusted! The Scripture doesn’t change for the culture but the Scripture reforms the culture so that sinners are brought to repentance and faith and all of God’s children stand unified in Christ.
We believe, teach and confess that all people are sinners and are saved and forgiven of their sins solely by God’s grace through faith.
We cannot choose God or come to him by our own will or merit, but we receive salvation because of the life, suffering and death of Christ Jesus our Lord.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is a “confessional” Lutheran church. What does this mean? Simply put, we believe and teach and confess that the Bible is truly God’s Word, and that the Lutheran Confessions (writings of the reformers from about 500 years ago who tried to reform the Roman Catholic church so they’d follow the Bible) are a true exposition of the Bible.
Along with the Creeds of the church (see above), the Lutheran Confessions clearly and consistently articulate the doctrines of the Holy Scripture while exposing false doctrines and heresies, some of which are still around today.
Another important part of being a confessional church is that we “speak” or “confess” the Christian faith in our words and actions. No, we’re not perfect, but we who have the Holy Spirit, seek to please God by serving one another.
Finally, being confessional means that we confess back to God what He has already confessed to us. In other words, we don’t add to, change, or remove from the Scripture, but we simply speak what is written for us and trust that God’s Holy Spirit will do the work of saving sinners and drawing repentance and faith. It’s not our cleverness of words or fine speaking, but it is God’s Word alone that brings life and salvation.
To learn more about what we believe, teach and confess as Missouri Synod Lutherans, use the links below.
Confession & Absolution
The Lord’s Supper
Liturgy & Worship
Society & Culture
If you have additional questions or would like to learn more, please contact the church, or check out The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod website.