Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | October 8, 2010

The Bible Summarized in Only a Few Words

In our world, there are some who say, “No creeds but the Bible!”  There are a variety of reasons for saying such a thing, a desire to find agreement based on the lowest common denominator, a fear of quasi-papal (or actually papal) authority being vested in some tradition or decreed dogma.

However, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the Wisconsin Synod, at St. Mark, we confess our faith, the doctrines we believe.  We hold to the Old and New Testament as the source of our beliefs, the norm and authority for all our doctrines.  However, because there are so many false teachings floating around, there are so many denominations, each of whom use, or claim to use, the Bible as their authority, that we are forced to explain what we mean.  We’re forced to produce confessions of faith.

In the Lutheran Church we confess and subscribe to a number of confessions:  the three ecumenical creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian), the Augsburg Confession and its Apology, the Small and Large Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther, the Smalcald Articles (including the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope), and the Formula of Concord.  We confess these because they are correct expositions of Scripture, they are faithful witnesses to what the Bible says.

Here’s a neat post that breaks down one of those commonly used confessions, the Nicene Creed, according to its various phrases and provides Scriptural citations supporting or explaining each portion.

Very neat, very cool!

The Bible Summarized in Only a Few Words

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