Lutherans Teach, Believe & Confess
confess the faith of the historic Christian Church as it has always
been taught in the three creeds (Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian),
that there is only one true God, and yet in this one God there are
three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the
confess that, since Adam fell into sin, all people are conceived and
born entirely sinful, standing under God's wrath, and are unable to
confess that God the Son was born of the virgin Mary. This Jesus
Christ, who is true God and true man, died on the cross and rose to
life again in order to save the world from God's wrath. We wait for
Him to return on the Last Day to judge the world and take us, His
children, to heaven.
confess that we cannot be forgiven before God by our own efforts, but
that we receive the forgiveness of sin and are made right with God by
grace, for Christ's sake, through faith.
confess that God has provided the way for us to receive this saving
faith: the Holy Spirit has promised to give faith when pastors preach
the Gospel and give out the holy sacraments.
confess that those who believe in Jesus Christ show their faith
through their love and good works to others.
confess that the Church is the place where believers are gathered in
the liturgy to hear the true Gospel preached and to receive the
sacraments as Christ instituted them.
confess that in Holy Baptism God makes us His children, gives us
faith, and washes away our sins. Baptism is therefore necessary for
all people: infants, children, and adults alike.
confess that when we are truly sorry for our sins and confess them, we
receive forgiveness for these sins from our pastor as certainly as if
Christ spoke the words Himself.
confess that in the Lord's Supper the true Body and Blood of Jesus
Christ are really present in the bread and wine, and that we receive
them with our mouths for the forgiveness of sins.
confess that the only authority for Christian teaching and life which
never errs or leads us astray is God's Word, which He has given to us
in the Old and New Testament Scriptures (the Bible).
basis of all Lutheran teachings is the Bible. Martin Luther and the
other reformers wrote a series of documents answering accusations that
their teaching was contrary to commonly held beliefs and practices of
the 15th century church. These defenses and arguments, based upon the
Bible, were presented before a series of theological gatherings.
Eventually, they were compiled into The
Book of Concord. These comprise the doctrine and confession of the