what we believe
The historic Christian faith has been revealed to us in the Scriptures, summarized in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and explained in the Anglican Church’s Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. We reaffirm these ancient truths:
God is the creator and maker of all things. He exists eternally in three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is "the Word made flesh" God incarnate yet fully human. He came to reveal the Father’s love to us. Through His life, death, resurrection, ascension and triumphant reign, He is the only Mediator between God and humankind.
We are made right with God, not by anything we can do, but through His extravagant grace and mercy. It is by faith alone that we can come to God and know Him intimately as Father. It is through turning away from our self-focused existence by repentance that we are able to enter into that relationship that we were designed to enjoy. This close relationship is possible because of what Jesus accomplished for us by His sacrificial death on the cross, where He suffered in our place, showing the extent of the Father’s love for us, and triumphed over darkness and death by His resurrection.
Jesus has not reconciled us to the Father only for our personal benefit; He has commissioned the Church to preach the Good News to all people, and make them his followers.
God has given the Holy Spirit to those who belong to Jesus. The Holy Spirit works in our lives so we can grow to become like Jesus. But He also empowers the Church so it can fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. He equips us with spiritual gifts so we can do the same things that Jesus did, thereby making visible and extending the power of God’s reign -- His kingdom. His plan is to renew the entire creation through Christ by reconciling to Himself everything that is now separated from Him.
The Church is the Body of Christ--the emodiment of His presence in the world. The Church demonstrates what that means by the unity and love its members have for one another, its concern for and service to others, and its witness in word and action to the kingdom that Christ has revealed. It is only to the Church that God has entrusted the mission of bringing healing and restoration to the world that, though lost and broken, He loves so much that He sent His only Son.
The Church lives in eager expectation for Christ’s promised return, when “he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.”