Epiphany Sermon Series – The Augsburg Confession


Long ago in 1530, Lutherans made their beliefs public in a document called the Augsburg Confession. This simple statement of the faith speaks the truth that sets you free and connects you to the true, the good, and the beautiful.

Sermon Series: “The Good Confession” — Article One: God
The Augsburg Confession (1530 A.D) states what the Lutheran Church confesses. Each week for our sermon series, you will find an article of the Augsburg Confession printed here. Some of the language will be unfamiliar. You might think of it as a journey to the land from which your ancestors came: full of new sights and sounds that are rich in promise and revelation.

January 12: Baptism of Our Lord
The Holy Trinity: Why start with the 3-in-1?
by Rev. Steven K. Gjerde

Our Churches, with common consent, do teach that the decree of the Council of Nicaea [Nicene Creed] concerning the Unity of the Divine Essence and concerning the Three Persons, is true and to be believed without any doubting; that is to say, there is one Divine Essence which is called and which is God: eternal, without body, without parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible; and yet there are three Persons, of the same essence and power, who also are coeternal, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And the term “person” they use as the Fathers have used it, to signify, not a part or quality in another, but that which subsists of itself. They condemn all heresies which have
sprung up against this article . . . . ~
Augsburg Confession, Article I, 1530 A.D.

Original Sin: What’s So Good About Sin?
by Rev. Steven K. Gjerde

Our Churches teach that since the fall of Adam (Romans 5:12), all who are naturally born are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), that is,

without fear of God,
without trust in God,
and with the inclination to sin, called “concupiscence.”

[This inclination to sin] is a disease and original vice that is truly sin. It damns and brings eternal death on those who are not born anew through Baptism and the Holy Spirit (John 3:5). Our churches condemn [those] who deny that original depravity is sin, thus obscuring the glory of Christ’s merit and benefits. [They wrongly] argue that a person can be justified before God by his own strength and reason.
~ Augsburg Confession, Article I, 1530 A.D.

January 26
The Son of God: Why does God have a nose?

February 2
Justification: How does this mess get fixed?

February 9
The Ministry: How does the fix reach you?

February 16
The New Obedience: What’s so good about good works?

February 23: Transfiguration of Our Lord
The Church: Why doesn’t God keep to Himself?

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