The Center of Christian Theology: Jesus’ Holy Life, Death, and Resurrection
We believe, teach, and confess the center of Christian theology is the doctrine of Justification by Grace alone, through Faith alone, on account of Christ alone. Martin Luther puts it this way: ‘This article of justification is the head and cornerstone which alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and protects the Church (St. L. XIV: 168).”
The Scripture’s teaching of justification is the declaration and promise of the forgiveness of sins won for all sinners through Jesus’ death on the cross. The prophets (the Old Testament) and the apostle’s (the New Testament) all testify of the salvation that comes through faith in Christ. “To Him [Jesus] all the prophets give witness, that through His name who ever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins.” [Acts 10:43] St Paul says, “For I determined to know nothing among you save Christ crucified.” [1 Corinthians 2:2] So the Lutheran church has always taught and confessed that the chief article of the Christian faith is justification by grace alone through faith alone.