ABOUT GOD

Section 1. The Bible

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 life.

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 and individuals:

(1) The ancient ecumenical Creeds: The Apostolic, The Nicene, and the Athanasian;

(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 Church.