How are we saved?
The chief issue of the Lutheran Reformation is how someone is saved from sin. This teaching is the central truth of God’s Word, thus all human knowledge. We see the importance of this teaching expressed in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
1 “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the Gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the Word I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
6 Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
7 Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”
The Reformation is alive and well at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
We, at St. Paul’s believe that we are saved by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe the teaching of salvation by grace through faith is the central and most important truth there is. We embrace the crucified and risen Christ by faith. We are unworthy sinners, made who we are by the grace of God. The many works we do in His service are produced in us by God’s grace as we express our faith in love.