And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
-Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
"The purpose of this congregation shall be Soul Saving, Soul Conserving, Soul Reclaiming. We exist to advance the rule of Christ in the hearts and lives of people and to edify the believers in Christ by the preaching of the Word of God, by the Administration of the Sacraments, and by the religious instruction of youth and adults, according to the confessional standard of the Lutheran Church, and to foster fellowship and charity."
-As stated in Article II of the Constitution of St. Paul's Lutheran Church