We believe that God’s Word reveals both God’s judgment and God’s mercy. We embrace the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments, and we believe that they have been inspired by God’s Spirit and that they announce the Good News of “Peace with God” through Jesus Christ. We, also, believe that the Word of God is the authoritative source and norm for our proclamation, faith, and life together.
We believe that the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creed are true declarations of our faith; we accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel; and we accept the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord as valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the Book of Concord, which provides a comprehensive description of what Lutherans believe, click here.
We also consider National Assembly-ratified Social Statements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to be guiding documents that can help us to discern God’s plan and intention for our lives as individuals and as a church.
Links to Social Statements of the ELCA: