What We Believe & Teach

What We Believe & Teach

Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran!

There are lots of ways to sum up the core convictions that we believe and teach as Lutheran Christians.  Here’s one way we like to say it:

  1. God is God…and you and I are not.  In a culture that often wants you to believe that you are the center of the universe and that “it’s all about you,” we believe and teach that life is all about Jesus.
  2. God’s word speaks to us as both judgment AND mercy, judgment on our sin and mercy for sinners in Jesus Christ.  Jesus will take you just as you are at the start of the day, and by the end of the day he will change you with his living word speaking to you…his Holy Spirit directly at work on you through his word. Life is not about my self-esteem or yours…it’s about living by the word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  The unique shorthand Lutherans use for this is to say that God’s word speak to us as law and gospel.  Because we are sooo accustomed to systems of merit and getting what we deserve, this truth often takes a looong time to sink in on us.  Perhaps words from the famous theologian, Clint Eastwood, help make it clear: “Deserving has got nothing to do with it.” 
  3. God’s word reveals the truth that we are simultaneously sinners and saints. Each one of us is the good, the bad, and the ugly all rolled into one.  Check out what the namesake of our congregation says about this in Romans 7.21-25
  4. We are put in a right relationship with God only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ…and we are called to live this out.  It’s all right there in Ephesians 2.8-10.  The church words for this truth are justification (to be put in right relationship with God) and vocation (our calling to live that relationship out among our neighbors).
  5. We believe in the priesthood of all believers.  We don’t need a bridge, an intermediary between us and God, we already have this in Jesus Christ. Further, every believer is a bridge from God to people.
  6. It’s about relationship not “religion”.  We believe the church is the congregation in living relationship with God and with people.  Focusing on institutional religion often brings out the sinner in us (see “sinners & saints” above) and gets us off of our mission of making disciples.

 

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