There is only one God, in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was incarnate and born of the virgin Mary. He is both true God and true man.
Jesus died, descended into hell, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven; He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Sin is an inborn, contagious, hereditary disease that infects all human beings from the moment of conception and results in death.
No human being can obtain eternal life by his own efforts.
Eternal life is only received through the forgiveness of sins, which is a free gift of God to all mankind given through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This gift of forgiveness and eternal life comes from hearing and believing the good news that Jesus died and rose to save us.
The Holy Spirit produces faith when and where it pleases God in those who hear the good news of Jesus.
Good works are necessary. True faith produces good works.
Those who believe do good works because of God’s work in them. Those works do not add to, or subtract from, the forgiveness and eternal life God gives by grace, through faith in Jesus.
The church is the assembly of believers, in which God’s Word is preached and His sacraments are administered.
Baptism is the normal means by which believers enter into the church and receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is not a work, but a gift from God to the baptized person.
The true body and blood of Jesus are really present in, with, and under the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is given to sorrowing sinners for their forgiveness and healing.