We Confess the Historic Christian Faith
From the very beginning, Christians have been a creedal community. The Apostle Paul confessed in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 15:3-5:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve.
Here are the three great Creeds of the Christian Church:
These creeds are like roadmaps or summaries of what the Bible teaches regarding the Christian faith. In the Divine Service we recite one of these creeds as a response to the Scripture readings and before the Sermon.
IN THE TRIUNE GOD.
There is only ONE God, but in ways we cannot understand there are THREE persons of the one God: God the Father who created all that exists out of nothing; God the Son -- Jesus -- who became man and lived the perfect life we could never live, died the death we deserve to save us from our sins and then rose again; and God the Holy Spirit who creates faith through Word and Sacraments.
Through the gifts of God's Word, Baptism, and Holy Supper, God gives us faith as a gift and strengthens our faith and life. Faith is something God gives us and we cannot come to God or believe in Him by our own strength or reason.
GRACE ALONE, FAITH ALONE, SCRIPTURE ALONE.
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