St. Andrew Lutheran Church confesses the entire Bible to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God. As a confessional church, we believe that the Bible is a very clear Book. Its meaning is not shrouded in mystery. Therefore, we can tell you exactly what it means and exactly what we believe. We embrace all three ecumenical Creeds of the Holy Church (The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed). We likewise hold fast to our confessional documents contained in the Book of Concord of 1580. These writings are shining gems of Biblical truth in a world that has largely forsaken even the concept of truth.
We only love our Creeds and Confessions because they speak so clearly of Jesus Christ and His saving Gospel message. Our “Lutheran” fathers were compelled to give a confession of faith back in the 16th century to speak out against the abuses of Roman papacy. The Roman Pope had robbed Christian consciences of the Gospel, teaching a righteousness that is of the law, rather than through faith in Christ. People were taught to trust in their own works to be saved, rather than in the work of Christ, but how can a sinner impress the Holy God enough to take away their sin? We can’t! Only Christ can, and we receive His gift through faith. As the Apostle Paul has written, “We maintain that a man is justified by faith, apart from observing the law.” (*Romans 3:28) A German monk by the name of Martin Luther pointed this out to the Holy Church, and many millions have thanked him to this present day for freeing their consciences from the harsh burden and condemnation of the law. The Roman Pope thanked him by excommunicating him and his followers, and by putting a death sentence on their heads for believing that faith in our Savior Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. The pope called brother Martin’s followers “Lutherans”, and told the catholics that if they followed them there would be hell to pay (literally). We believed that there would be more hell to pay if we did not follow them. By this we do not mean that all Roman catholics are going to hell; we simply mean that laying down your life for the sake of the True and Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most noble way to depart this life. Our Lutheran fathers were willing to die to defend it if they had to, because with the Gospel heaven and hell literally is at stake. We pray for such zeal in our day!
We thank our good and gracious God that He has preserved the ancient and true catholic (universal) faith under the name “Lutheran”. If you come and worship with us Lutherans at St. Andrew you will hear us speak of Jesus Christ our only Savior. It will be done in the traditional manner of the Holy Church, in what is in German called the Gottesdienst, or in English, The Divine Service, commonly referred to as The Mass. In the Mass, God Himself is present with His Church. His Words are spoken and preached. His Body and Blood are given to His people for the forgiveness of their sins in the Holy Sacrament, and His people are saved.