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OUR BELIEFS

 

We affirm the Nicene Creed and Apostles Creed as excellent and universal statements of the Christian faith.  Our Rector’s statement below is a commentary on the Creeds from a charismatic evangelical perspective.  For a classic Anglican statement of faith, see the 39 Articles of Religion, from the Church of England in 1662.  The Lausanne Covenant of 1974 affirms what we believe about the Holy Scriptures and evangelism.  The Jerusalem Declaration was adopted by the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in 2008, and states what our worldwide movement teaches today.  The Anglican Church in North America has a doctrinal statement in our Denominational Constitution.  

In agreement with all the above, this is what our Rector teaches:   

There is only one true God who is the eternal King – Creator and Redeemer of all that is.  He is perfectly holy, just, loving, beautiful and truthful.  He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent – one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.  It is true.  The Bible is our standard in faith and life.

Humankind is created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet our ancestors willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended.  As a result, sickness and death entered the world, and now all creation experiences the consequences of sin.

The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s Kingdom on Earth.  He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, is resurrected, and ascended into heaven.  Jesus is alive today, in the presence of God the Father, interceding for His people. He is “true God” and “true man.”

We are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.  Anyone can be restored to saving relationship with God through repenting, confessing, believing, and receiving Jesus as his Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, regenerates us to new life, and sanctifies us to be more like Christ. He facilitates our adoption by the Father as we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.

We believe in the manifest power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life and minister in supernatural power. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that we might have power to be supernatural witnesses of the Lord Jesus. Holy Spirit Baptism may be, and often is, subsequent to conversion. Every believer is given at least one of all the spiritual gifts, including prophecy, healing, and tongues, for the work of ministry.

The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Lord Jesus gave His Church the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His Kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, discipling the nations, baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.

We long to see the ever-increasing government of God as His Kingdom advances in our lifetimes. We long for the glorious visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His overcoming bride, the Church. Heaven and Hell are real places, and believers in Jesus look forward to enjoying his presence in the New Heaven and New Earth in our resurrected bodies with all the saints forever.