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What We Believe

  • We are a Biblical church that gives God's Word first place in our faith and life.

  • We are a Lutheran church that proclaims forgiveness and salvation for all by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

  • We are a Christian church that gathers to praise God, to be strengthened by his Word, and to reach out to those around us in love – all through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was the first Lutheran Church in Nebraska, founded in 1866
by those who first settled Norfolk. Ever since, the Lord has been blessing our efforts to serve our community and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with its people. For more information about who we are, opportunities and blessings that come with being a part of St. Paul's, and why we do what we do, feel free to check out this "Welcome to St. Paul's!" link.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The WELS, characterized as theologically conservative, is the third largest Lutheran church body in America. With national offices in Waukesha, Wisconsin, WELS began in 1850 when three German pastors met in Milwaukee and joined hands for mutual encouragement and support. Today, it has grown to almost 1,300 congregations in North America. It has about 400,000 baptized members, is served by over 1,000 pastors, maintains one of the largest Lutheran school systems in the country, and also supports mission fields on five continents around the world.

For a more detailed explanation of what we believe, teach, and confess, you may also wish to check out, which has more information and resources about our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. If you have any questions, please contact us; we'd love a chance to talk with you about them.

FaithBuilders is our course on the basic teachings of the Bible. Everyone is welcome, beginners to Christianity as well as veterans. No matter who you are, this course will build your faith in Jesus Christ, strengthen your hope for eternal life in heaven, and give you the opportunity to get answers to the questions about God and the Bible that you've always wanted to ask. This is also the course we use for membership in our congregation. Call or email Pastor Hirsch for more information and to find out when the next session begins.

Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone
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