But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:4-10 (ESV)
The Gospel is the proclamation that Jesus died for all our sins on the cross and rose again in victory so that we might live. Jesus' death and resurrection are historical events that have eternal impact.
The Lutheran Confessions are contained in the Book of Concord of 1580. They include the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and its Apology (or, Defense); the Smalcald Articles (and the Power and Primacy of the Pope); the Small and Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther, and the Formula of Concord. In holding to these confessions, we are a confessing church.
To be a confesing church means that we tell people what we believe and who we believe in. We are sure and certain about what we believe, teach, and confess--boldly witnessing Christ to Muncie and the Ball State University community, East Central Indiana, and the world. All we confess is to have Christ at the center and to be solely drawn from the Holy Bible.