The mission of St. Paul's Evangelical-Lutheran Church is to preach
the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to administer his Sacraments
faithfully and regularly. "For through the Word and the
Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Spirit is given,
and the Holy Spirit produces faith, where and when it pleases God,
in those who hear the Gospel. That is to say, it is not
on account of our own merits but on account of Christ that God justifies
those who believe that they are received in favor for Christ's sake." (Augustana V)
From Luther's Small Catechism:1
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
In the plain form in which they are
to be taught by the Head of a family.
Matt. 6:9-13. Luke 11:2-4. Ps. 55:17.
The Sixth Petition.
And lead us not into temptation.
2 Pet. 2:9. Matt. 26:41.
What is meant by this Petition?
God indeed tempts no one to sin; but we pray in this petition that God
would so guard and preserve us, that the devil, the world, and our own
flesh, may not deceive us, nor lead us into error and unbelief, despair,
and other great and shameful sins; and that though we may be thus tempted,
we may nevertheless finally prevail and gain the victory.
James 1:13. 1 Cor. 10:13. 1 Pet. 5:8,9. John 15:18,19. Gal. 5:17.
Jer. 17:9. 2 Cor. 11:3. Eph. 4:14. James 1:6,8. 2 Cor. 4:8,16.
1 Cor. 15:33. Phil. 3:19. James 1:12. 1 John 5:4.
Luther's Small Catechism, with Proof-Texts, Additions and Appendices. Phila.: The Lutheran Bookstore, 1882.
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