Believe, Teach, Confess

"I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment" (1 Corinthians 1:10, ESV). 


In this age, a united people can be difficult to find. Different agendas, personalities, and opinions often lead to strained relationships and divisions within a group of people. Even a gathering of spiritual-minded individuals is not immune to warring factions. 


Something outside the group must be the unifying factor. Among the people of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, that factor is the Lord Jesus Christ. He makes us one as He unites Himself to us in Holy Baptism (Romans 6:3-4), delivers His words to us (John 17:20-23), and gathers us around Himself in His Holy Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-32).


As a unified people, we believe and confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. 


We also believe and confess the three Ecumenical Creeds, namely the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, as faithful testimonies to the truth of Holy Scriptures. We also believe that the Book of Concord (1580) is in agreement with the one scriptural faith.


The Three Universal or Ecumenical Creeds

The Apostles' Creed

The Nicene Creed

The Creed of Athanasius


The Augsburg Confession

Article I: Of God

Article II: Of Original Sin

Article III: Of the Son of God

Article IV: Of Justification

Article V: Of the Ministry

Article VI: Of New Obedience

Article VII: Of the Church

Article VIII: What the Church Is

Article IX: Of Baptism

Article X: Of the Lord's Supper

Article XI: Of Confession

Article XII: Of Repentance

Article XIII: Of the Use of the Sacraments

Article XIV: Of Ecclesiastical Order

Article XV: Of Ecclesiastical Usages

Article XVI: Of Civil Affairs

Article XVII: Of Christ's Return to Judgment

Article XVIII: Of Free Will

Article XIX: Of the Cause of Sin

Article XX: Of Good Works

Article XXI: Of the Worship of the Saints

Article XXII: Of Both Kinds in the Sacrament

Article XXIII: Of the Marriage of Priests

Article XXIV: Of the Mass

Article XXV: Of Confession

Article XXVI: Of the Distinction of Meats

Article XXVII: Of Monastic Vows

Article XXVIII: Of Ecclesiastical Power


The Apology of the Augsburg Confession

(Preface and Articles)


The Smalcald Articles

Preface

Part One

God's Sublime Majesty

The Office and Work of Christ

Part Two

The Mass

The Invocation of the Saints

Of Chapters and Cloisters

The Papacy

Part Three

Sin

The Law

Repentance

The Papists' False Repentace

The Gospel

Baptism

Sacrament of the Altar

The Keys

Confession

Excommunication

Ordination and the Call

The Marriage of Priests

The Church

Justification and Good Works

Monastic Vows

Human Traditions


The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope

(Entire Treatise)


The Small Catechism

Martin Luther's Preface to the Small Catechism

The Ten Commandments

The Creed

The Lord's Prayer

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Confession

The Sacrament of the Altar

Daily Prayers

Table of Duties

Christian Questions with their Answers


The Large Catechism

Preface

The Ten Commandments

The Apostles' Creed

The Lord's Prayer

Holy Baptism

The Sacrament of the Altar


The Epitome of the Formula of Concord

Summary, Rule and Norm

Original Sin

Free Will

The Righteousness of Faith

Good Works

Law and Gospel

Third Use of Law

The Lord's Supper

The Person of Christ

Christ's Descent Into Hell

Church Rites

Election

Other Sects

Anabaptists

Schwenkfeldians

New Arians

Anti-Trinitarians


The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord

Rule and Norm

Original Sin

Free Will

The Righteousness of Faith

Good Works

Law and Gospel

The Third Use of the Law

The Holy Supper

The Person of Christ

Christ's Descent to Hell

Adiaphora

Election

Other Sects