What We Believe

 

What we believe as Anglicans is firmly rooted in Scripture and the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe that Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation.  The ancient creeds of the Church, principally the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, give voice to our belief. 

Our faith centers on the saving and redeeming acts of Jesus.  We rejoice in the Good News of the Christian Faith.  In spite of the fact that we have all sinned and fallen short of what God desires for us, Jesus has made forgiveness and new life possible for us.  We, who have been separated from God, can now know the loving Father personally as we live into this free, undeserved offer of reconciliation with God through Christ.  Furthermore, this free gift of grace, forgiveness and reconciliation is forever; we, therefore, rejoice in the “Blessed Assurance” that comes through our trust that Jesus has indeed done this for us.

The Holy Spirit is present to all who confess the Faith and are “In Christ,” as St. Paul says.  The Holy Spirit seeks to change us and develop in us a Christ-like character.  The Holy Spirit also enables us to do the work that God calls us to do in His name, which is sharing the Good News about Jesus and “being Christ” to others.

Within the nurturing fellowship of the Church and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called upon to grow in our knowledge and love of God.  The Christian life is journey.  Christ has shown us the way.  Baptism, as instituted by Jesus, is the beginning of this journey.  The Lord’s Supper, The Holy Eucharist, is strengthening food for the journey and the assurance of Christ’s presence.  The journey involves our day-by-day being made holy (sanctified).  We, as God’s Church, make this pilgrimage together, supporting, loving and encouraging one another along the way.