Member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
In our speech and in our action we go out in the world as witnesses of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.
Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions
The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, and the
Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their
governing documents, and ELCA pastors and deacons promise to carry out their ministry in accordance with these teaching sources.
This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word
from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises.
Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust
God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.
Teaching for a Life of Faith
This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the Scriptures, the Creeds and the Lutheran
Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ
and the life we have in Him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism:
the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth
and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”
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