We believe, teach, and confess that the only rule and norm according to which all teachings, together with all teachers of the Word, should be evaluated and judged (2 Timothy 3: 15-17) are the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament alone. For it is written in Psalm 119: 105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." St. Paul has written, "even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed" (Galations 1:8)
God's Word is the only source of God's truth. Our creeds and confessions are a witness to that truth based on Scripture alone.
We believe, teach, and confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who is true God and true man at the same time. He was born of the Virgin Mary, truly suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried to pay for our sins. (John 1:29) He descended into hell. On the third day he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. Those who believe in Him as their Savior will not perish but have eternal life (John 3: 16).
We believe, teach, and confess 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: 21-26; 4:5).
We believe, teach, and confess that the one holy Church is to remain forever. The Church is the congregation of saints (Psalm 149:1) in which the Gospel is purely taught and the Sacaraments are correctly administered.
We believe, teach, and confess that Baptism is necessary for salvation (Mark 16:16) and that God's grace is offered through Baptism (Titus 3: 4-7). Children are to be baptized (Acts 2: 38-39) because they are offered to God through Baptism and received into God's grace. Baptism is God's saving activity towards us that gives us the benefit of Christ's life, death, and resurrection personally.
We believe, teach, and confess that the body and blood of Christ are truly present and distributed in, with, and under the bread and the wine to those who eat the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 10:16) fto give us forgiveness of our sins, life, and salvation.