The Historic Foundations of our Faith
The Trinitarian, Christ centred, redemption oriented faith of the Bible embodied in the historic ecumenical creeds of the early undivided church, being the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed and the Creed of Saint Athanasius.
The Anglican foundational documents, being the Thirty-Nine Articles, the Solemn Declaration of 1893 and the 1962 Book of Common Prayer.
These are summarized in the following Statement of Faith:
There is one God, self revealed as three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God The Creator
God created the universe, good in every way.
Sin-Separation From God
Sin and the devil intruded into creation, through the rebellion of his creatures, separating us from God. Human sin is prideful rebellion against God’s authority, expressing itself in our refusing to love both the Creator and His creatures.
God loves His creation and has ordained its redemption through Jesus Christ.
- God the Son, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, born of the Virgin Mary, was sent by God into the world, fully God and Fully man, to redeem the world.
- He was sinless, but took upon Himself the sin of the whole world on the cross, thereby overcoming the devil.
- He died and was buried. God raised Him bodily from the dead and He ascended into heaven. He is alive and will come again in glory.
- He -is the sole mediator between God and ourselves, the only way of salvation.
Salvation-Reunion With God
- We are redeemed and justified through faith in Jesus Christ, by grace and not by works.
- Through the blood of Christ on the cross, we are cleansed and made a new creation.
- Through repentance and turning to Jesus, we have the assurance of forgiveness of sin, adoption as God’s children and life eternal with Him.
- We are transformed through the forgiveness of sin and the power of Christ living in us by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit discloses the glory of Jesus Christ, gives us new life, empowers us for service, equips us for righteousness, leads us to holiness (sanctification), enables us to overcome sin and the devil, and inspires us to do the works of God.
The New Life In Christ
God made human beings in the divine image so that they might glorify and enjoy their creator forever. We have a personal fellowship with God and are citizens of the Kingdom of God, being His ambassadors in the world.
The Authority Of Scripture
- The Old and New Testaments are “God’s Word written,” inspired and authoritative, inerrant (true and trustworthy), coherent, sufficient for salvation, living and powerful as God’s guidance for belief and behaviour.
- The church may not judge the Scriptures, selecting and discarding from among their teachings. Rather,the Scriptures under Christ, judge the church for its faithfulness to His revealed truth.
The Church-The Body Of Christ In The World
- The Church is a community of believers, under the authority of Holy Scripture as the Word of Christ.
- We are called to glorify God in worship and to serve Him in the world through evangelism and social service.
- We each have distinctive gifts to use for the purpose of glorifying God and the building up of the church in truth and love.
The Family-The Ordained Unit Of Society
- The family is the ordained focus of love, intimacy, personal growth and stability for women, men and children.
- God designed human sexuality not only for procreation but also for the joyful expression of love, honour, and fidelity between wife and husband. These are the only sexual relations the biblical authority deems good and holy.
- Singleness also is a gift from God and a holy vocation. While single, Christians are called to celibacy and God will give them grace to live in chastity.