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Who is Jesus? What is a Lutheran?
By God's grace, through faith in Jesus that universal human problem finds its solution. "He who knew no sin became sin for us, so we might become the righteousness of God." (II Cor. 5:21) On the cross, Jesus, the sinless One became sin for us. And in God's "delightful exchange" (Martin Luther's expression), we now become what He is - God's beloved sons and daughters. All that is God's gift of grace, undeserved love, received by faith. All that is why we need Jesus.
We hope St. Paul can be a place for you to receive His Scripture, celebrate His grace and grow in faith in the Good News of Jesus!
We answer that question every Sunday as we say the words of the Apostles' Creed. Jesus is "... God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived... born... suffered... was crucified, died and was buried... decended... rose again... ascended... sits at the right hand of God... will come again." The verbs say it all because God has done it all, for us and our salvation. Through Jesus, He did all that was necessary for our forgiveness, life and salvation. That is why Jesus is the object of our faith. He is our Savior. He is the Lord to whom all Scripture points. His life, death and resurrection is the Good News we call The Gospel.
As important as the question "Who is Jesus" is also the question, "Why Jesus?" Why do we need a Savior and Lord? The answer to that depends on what you believe the problem to be. The Bible tells us, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
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The name “Lutheran” is derived from the name of a 16th century theologian, Dr. Martin Luther. His greatest and most lasting contribution to the church is the understanding that our God is a gracious God. The following summarizes the core content of our Christian faith:
Scripture — The Bible is the living word of our living Lord. Scripture is our guide and standard for faith and life. We believe it is God’s divinely inspired word to us because it leads us to Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Grace — The Bible has one target as it speaks to us – our hearts. When it comes to spiritual matters, the inmost self often asks, “What must I do? Who must I be?” Grace responds by saying, “It has already been done for you.” God’s grace (undeserved love) comes to us finally, fully and eternally in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ
Faith — There is nothing we can add to what God has already done for us in Jesus. Salvation comes through faith, and even our faith is a gift from God!