Our Beliefs

We affirm our belief in historic Christianity as revealed in the Scriptures and summarized in the three Creeds (the Apostles, the Nicene, and the Athanasian) and the Thirty-Nine Articles.  As a community, we affirm the following beliefs:

The Holy Trinity

The mystery of the Holy Trinity, namely, that the one God exists (Isaiah 44:6) eternally in the three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19); and has so revealed himself to us in the Scriptures.

The Lord Jesus Christ

The full deity and full humanity (2 John 7) of our Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate (John 1:14), who by reason of his birth of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:22-23), sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), atoning death (Romans 3:25), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:1-3), glorious ascension (Luke 24:51) and triumphant reign (Hebrews 1:3), is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

The Holy Scriptures

The trustworthiness of God’s word (the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments) as illuminated by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20, 27) contains all things necessary for salvation, teach God’s will for his world, and have supreme authority for faith, life and the continuous renewal and reform of the Church (2 Timothy 3:16).

Justification and Sanctification

The justification of the repenting and believing sinner (Galatians 3:11) as God’s gracious act (Ephesians 2:8-9) of declaring him righteous on the ground of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and rose again for us (Romans 5:1-11); and sanctification as the gracious continuing activity of the Holy Spirit in the justified believer (Romans 8:9-11), perfecting his repentance, nurturing the new life implanted within him, transforming him into Christ’s image, and enabling him to do good works in the world (Galatians 2:20).

The Christian Church

The Church as the Body of Christ, whose members belong to the new humanity (Ephesians 2:15, 19-22), are called to live in the world in the power of the Spirit (Romans 8:1-11), worshipping God, confessing his truth, proclaiming Christ (Acts 1:8), supporting one another in love and giving themselves in sacrificial service to those in need (Acts 2:42-47).

Spiritual Gifts and Ministry

All followers of Jesus have received the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17-18, 33, 38-39) and are called to exercise their God-given spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12) in ministry, and to work, witness, and suffer for Christ (Romans 5:3-5); together with the particular calling of ordained ministers, who, by preaching, teaching and pastoral care (Acts 20:28-31), are to equip God’s people for his service (1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Peter 5:1-4) and to present them mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28).

The Gospel Sacraments

Jesus insituted two rites which his followers were to observe: baptism (a rite of initiation) and the Lord’s Supper (a rite of remembrance) (Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34). The  visible and physical acts proclaim the Gospel and which serve as means of grace when received in faith (Romans 4:11, Ephesians 2:8-9).

In the ceremonial washing of baptism, we are cleansed from and forgiven of sin (Acts 22:16; 1 Corinthias 6:11), spiritual reborn into new life (Titus 3:5) and receive the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.  Through baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we are united with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection and raised to new life in him (Romans 6:3-4).

 

In the ceremonial meal, followers of Jesus worship through the sharing of bread and wine as the body and blood of Christ.  In this holy meal we recall his death and celebrating our new convenant relationship with God through Jesus willing sacrifice on the cross.  By faith we may feed on him in our hearts and offer ourselves to him in gratitude for our salvation, the power of is promises, and the gift of his presence in our lives. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Lord’s Table is not restricted to any particular tradition or Christian community but is open to all baptized believers who, being one in Christ, are free to celebrate their common salvation in the Lord, and express their common devotion to him.

The Return of Christ

The personal return in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of this age for the resurrection of the dead, some to life, some to condemnation, for the glorification of his Church, and for the renewal of the whole creation (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4; Revelation 21).