1. There is only one true
God—the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit),
as confessed in the three ecumenical creeds of historic Christianity, who is
the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
2. All people are born in
bondage to sin, death, and the devil, and are unable to save themselves or
make themselves right with God by their own powers.
3. Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, is our Lord and Savior from sin, death, and hell. He is both true God
and true man, born of the Virgin Mary, who lived a perfect and holy life for
us, shed His blood for us on the cross to atone for our sins, and rose from
the dead on the third day declaring His victory over Satan and the grave for
4. The Holy Spirit calls us
to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ by the Word of God, and that the
Holy Spirit delivers Christ’s forgiveness, life, and salvation to us—fully
and freely as God’s undeserved gift of love—through the preaching of the
Word, and through Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper.
5. Christ works in us,
through His Word and Spirit, so that we trust in God and live in sacrificial
love toward others in the vocations to which He has called us.
6. The Bible is the
inspired and inerrant Word of God and the final judge of all doctrine and
practice in the Church and in the lives of Christians.
7. The sanctity of all
human life from conception until death, of marriage between one man and one
woman, and of human sexuality within marriage as an expression of love
between a man and a woman and for the procreation of children.
8. Christ will come again on the
Last Day to judge the living and the dead and to give eternal life to all
who believe in Him.
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