St Paul's is a Lutheran Church...
The gospel message is at the heart of Lutheranism and that mesage is "that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 2:8,9) and that "while we were sinners Jesus Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). There is absolutely nothing we can offer or do to win God's favour or blessing, he gives it as a free gift and all we can do is give him thanks for his wonderful gift of salvation.
As people saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ we are called to serve our neighbour and be the living gospel in the communities we are a part of, not to earn salvation or win favour, but as an act of worship to the God who loves us.
In Sydney the Lutheran Church isn't as well known as some of the other Christian denominations; to others we are known as the 'German church'. Like most Lutheran Churches in Australia, St Paul's has a German heritage, but today we are a diverse community with members from various ethnic backgrounds. The Lutheran Church is a mainline church, was the first Protestant Church and is the one of the largest churches worldwide - in other words we aren't a cult or sect (as some may intially think)!
If you are looking for a more detailed explanation of the beliefs of the Lutheran Church you can find more information at the Lutheran Church of Australia national website (just click below and a new page will open).
If you would like to talk personally about faith and our church you are welcome to contact our pastor