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Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions

"Therefore thus says the LORD: 'If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth."

"As we lay down God's Word—the eternal truth—as the foundation, we also introduce and quote these writings as a witness of the truth and as the unanimously received, correct understanding of our predecessors who have steadfastly held to the pure doctrine."

The canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

The three Ecumenical Creeds, namely, the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds are faithful testimonies to the truth of the Holy Scriptures.

The Unaltered Augsburg Confession is a true exposition of the Holy Scripture and a correct exhibition of the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Small and Large Catechisms of Martin Luther, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, and the Formula of Concord—as contained in the Book of Concord (1580)—are also in agreement with this one Scriptural faith.

The congregation of St. John's and her pastor are pledged to live and carry out their responsibilities according to the Holy Scriptures and these confessions.

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