About Jesus Christ and salvation…We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him (Romans 1:16).
About the Word of God…
- Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate (John 1:1-18), through whom everything was made (Colossians 1:16) and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- The proclamation of God’s message to us as both law and gospel (Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 33:13, 34:6-7; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 24:45-47; Galatians 3:8, 21-22) is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself (Romans 5:10-11).
- The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Inspired (2 Timothy 3:16) by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and community for participation in God’s mission in the world.
- We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.
About how God’s Word is faithfully interpreted…
- We accept the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.
- We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
- We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.
- We believe, teach, and confess the gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for participation in God’s mission in the world.