A WELS Church Faithfully Serving the Quad Cities

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is a proud member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).   We are a conservative Lutheran Church which recognizes the Bible as the inspired Word of God in its entirety.  We believe the Bible is inerrant and wholly trustworthy in every teaching.

As a confessional Lutheran church we believe and teach that the Book of Concord is an accurate expression of Biblical truths.  The Book of Concord is the collection of Lutheran statements of faith which was published in 1580 in German and in 1584 in Latin.

Some of our core doctrines (teachings) and practices include:

The Trinity: The Bible teaches that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who is three persons:  FATHER-SON-HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 28:19).

Sin and man’s need of salvation:  All of mankind fell into sin which is a breaking of God’s law (Romans 5:12) and are unable to save themselves through works or effort (Romans 3:28) and hence are in need of a savior to save them.  Mankind’s only Savior is Jesus who is man and God and who died on the cross for every person (John 14:6, 1 John 2:2).

Salvation by faith alone: Jesus clearly taught that the existence of faith (trusting belief) in Him alone (John 3:16;  5:24) guarantees eternal life. The message of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is the Gospel.

The efficacy of the sacraments: How does one receive the Gospel?  People receive salvation through God’s Word (Romans 10:14) and the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.  Baptism and Holy Communion are NOT actions we do for God nor are they merely symbolic actions; they are actions through which God Himself removes sin, bestows and strengthens faith and nourishes the new man.   (1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 26:28).