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Mission Statement of St. Paul Lutheran Church & School

“The Mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School is to Equip, Support, Serve and Witness Where God Calls Us”

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this congregation shall be to serve its members and spread the Kingdom of God by the preaching of the Word of God, by the administration of the Sacraments, by the religious instruction of children and adults, and by fostering Christian fellowship and charity according to the confessional standard of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

From Pastor’s Desk

FREEDOM

In the month of July, I had the opportunity to be the guest pastor on the KFUO radio program “His Time” with host Rev. Jonathan Fisk.  On that program we discussed Galatians 5 where Paul talks a lot about freedom.

It occurred to me that during these summer months we feel a certain amount of freedom as we go on vacation and leave the responsibilities of work and daily routine behind.  It is nice to get away, but the freedom that Paul talks about is much more profound.  In Galatians 5:1 he opens the chapter by saying, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  What Paul is saying is that freedom is the means and the end of our salvation.  In other words, salvation is free and it is freeing.

How is it free?  It is free because there is nothing we do to earn salvation.  The Galatians had forgotten this truth and were    seeking to save themselves by obeying the law.  Paul calls that slavery, because they will never know if they have done enough or if they have been good enough.  Grace, by definition is not earned.  It is a gift.  God sent his son to save sinners who did not deserve or ask to be saved.  Salvation is free.

How is it freeing?  What is the freedom we have been given?  We are freed from our enemies of sin, death and the devil.  First of all, Christ saves us from sin.  We      deserve nothing but punishment for our sins, but Jesus died on the cross in our place, receiving the wrath of God.  Therefore, he frees us from the penalty of our sins.  Secondly, we are freed from the fear of death.  Jesus promises us enteral life, and in his resurrection he defeated death.  Therefore, when we trust in Jesus he removes our fear of death.  And finally, we are freed from   Satan’s accusations.  He tries to lead us to despair because of our sin by convincing us that God doesn’t love us.  The cross,      however, destroys the lies of Satan and sets us free.

As you enjoy the “freedom” that summer brings, don’t forget the freedom we have in Christ. “For freedom Christ has set us free.”

Pastor David Schmidt