739 19th St. SE; Paris, TX 75460 903-784-3753
Study of God's Word
Grace Lutheran Church
A member congregation of the ACELC
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Bible Class: 10:30 AM | Sunday
Lenten Vespers: 7:00 PM | Wednesday
Welcome to Grace Lutheran Church: Preaching Christ crucified, devoted to Holy Scripture, reverent in worship, and unapologetically Lutheran.
Grace Lutheran Church is a Confessional, liturgical congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, established in 1948. We are a confessional Christian body that traces its theology and practice through the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the faith of the one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church of the first century as recorded in Holy Scripture.
In the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, the Lutheran Confession states: "We believe, teach, and confess that the sole rule and standard according to which all dogmas together with [all] teachers should be estimated and judged are the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and of the New Testament alone, as it is written Ps. 119:105 "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." And St. Paul: "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed, Gal. 1:8"
Therefore, we confess the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired, revealed Word of God. Moreover, it is God's Word that is the only true standard or norm by which all teachers and doctrines are to be judged. Furthermore, in ancient times true Christian doctrine was derived from the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures into brief articles of faith, disputing the heresy of false teachers. Therefore, we, with the ancient Christian Church also confess the three Ecumenical Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian to be the glorious confessions of the faith, brief, devout, and founded on God's Word, which clearly refute the heresies that had arisen in the Christian Church at that time.
Worship at Grace is according to the historic liturgy of the Church. In this liturgy God serves us with the very gifts of heaven: His life-giving Means of Grace; Word and Sacrament. Divine Service at Grace is not designed to entertain, but to prepare broken and repentant sinners to receive these Means of Grace, holding fast to the forgiveness of sins our heavenly Father desires to shower on us through these means. In this liturgy we join in communion with Christians throughout the ages in the worship of the eternal, Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thus we invite you to come and worship with us, receiving what God most desires to give; His forgiveness for of your sins unto life everlasting.