The Bible is God's Word, written by human authors, yet inspired by the Holy Spirit, as we read in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." Since the Bible is breathed out by God, it is inerrant, completely true as a whole and in all its parts. The chief purpose of the Bible is "to make [us] wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15). For Jesus declares that the Scriptures "bear witness about me" (John 5:39).
Scripture is the only source and rule of faith, doctrine, and life. Because we adhere to the authority of Scripture, we also adhere to the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, which are derived from Scripture, summarize its teachings, and give a true confession of God's Word. For the same reason we adhere to the Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism.
These statements of faith, far from distracting us from Scripture, keep us from being "tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning" (Eph. 4:14).
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from where He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all ages, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen.
The heart of Christianity is the Gospel, the good news of what God has done to redeem His fallen creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Luther's explanation of the Second Article of the Creed in the Small Catechism is a wonderful summary of who Jesus is what He has done for us:
"I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true Man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord; who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, bought me and freed me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with silver and gold, but with His holy and precious blood and with His innocent sufferings and death; in order that I might be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness; even as He is risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true."
For more information on the doctrine and polity of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) see www.aflc.org/about-us/what-we-believe/.