The American Association of Lutheran Churches accepts all the canonical
books of the Old and New Testaments as a whole and in all the their
parts as the divinely inspired, revealed, and inerrant Word of God,
and joyfully submits to this as the only infallible authority in
all matters of life and faith.
Section 2. Faith in the Triune God
The American Association of Lutheran Churches is built upon faith
in the ever-living Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as revealed
in the Holy Scriptures to Whom be the glory for ever and ever (see
the three Ecumenical Creeds).
Section 3. God the Father
(1) Almighty God, Creator of the universe, Who formed man in His
own image, Who from the beginning loved goodness and hated evil,
desires that the children of His creation live in eternal fellowship
with Him. We hold to the creation as described in the first chapters
of Genesis, not as myth, but as historic facts.
(2) Therefore, the Creator gave His only begotten Son (John 3.16)
to be the Savior of the world, that people might be set free from
the bondage of sin, and become joint heirs with Christ of eternal
Section 4. Jesus Christ, God's
Son and Our Savior
(1) At the heart and center of this faith is confidence in Jesus
Christ and love for Him, true God and true man, the eternal Word
of God, the only Son of God, and the only Savior of the world.
(2) To proclaim salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ
is our reason for being as the American Association of Lutheran Churches.
Section 5. Dependence upon the Holy Spirit
We also acknowledge dependence upon the Holy Spirit working solely
through the Means of Grace to call unbelievers into saving faith
in Jesus Christ to empower believers to grow in faith, to bestow
His gifts for the ministry of the Church locally and universally,
to inspire love for one another, and to bring glory to the Father
through the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Head of the Church.
Section 6. Symbols: Basic and Required
As brief and true statements of the doctrines of the Word of God,
this Association accepts and confesses the following Symbols, subscription
to which shall be required of all its members, both congregations
(1) The ancient ecumenical Creeds: The Apostolic, The Nicene, and
(2) The Unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism.
Section 7. Book of Concord: Normative
As further elaboration of and in accordance with these Lutheran
Symbols, this Association also receives the other documents in the
Book of Concord of 1580: the Apology, Luther's Large Catechism, the
Smalcald Articles, and the Formula of Concord; and recognizes them
as normative for its theology.
Section 8. Pure Doctrine
The American Association of Lutheran Churches accepts without reservation
the symbolic books of the Lutheran Church because
they are the presentation and explanation of the pure doctrine of
the Word of God and a summary of the faith of the evangelical Lutheran