As a Christian I publicly and privately confess the faith as a Lutheran in accordance with the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (as expressed in the Book of Concord). The premier statement of faith is found in this short section from the 1530 Augsburg Confession:
Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight (Romans 3 and 4 [3:21-26; 4:5]).
Augsburg Confession, Article IV, “Justification” Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (Reader’s Edition), CPH, 2006, page 33.
A more detailed expression can be found in Article IV, Apology [Defense] of the Augsburg Confession, pages 82-102.
This is the chief article of faith by which the church stands or falls.
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