What We Believe
Jesus is Lord!
This is perhaps the oldest profession of Christian faith. Everyone, everywhere, always serves someone or something. Christians profess that we serve Jesus Christ. He is our Lord, and we claim that he was crucified for our sins and raised for our justification. Because he has loved us, we reach out and welcome others in love. Three things are essential to establishing and shaping our faith in Jesus, our understanding of God, the world, and even ourselves.
- The Bible -- We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and that the Holy Scriptures are the final authority in revealing who God is, and what he has done in history to redeem human beings through Jesus Christ. The Bible is not just a list of do's and don't, nor is it a guidebook with helpful hints on how to live a better life. While it does contain some rules, and has plenty of advice on how to live your life, ultimately it is a Story. It is a Story written over thousands of years by many different people, but it is One Story telling us the grand drama of history, filled with imperfect broken people, great battles, tragedy, comedy, sacrifice, betrayal, hope, and ultimately grace and love to the lost. While this Story involves a cast of thousands, the central figure is Jesus Christ. The Story is really all about Him, and we read His story to know him and trust him with our very souls.
- Tradition -- The historic guidelines of our faith and worship are outlined in the 39 Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer. We value tradition because it means we value the ideas of those who have gone before us. We are not the first to ask questions of faith, nor should we rely only on ourselves and current issues to find our answers. Tradition grounds us in an ever changing and unpredictable world. Our traditions are derived from and measured against Scripture.
- Thinking -- Faith is not simply an emotion or an experience, it is a frame of mind, and ultimately a gift from God which enables us to trust Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Faith requires our minds to be engaged with the things of God and His Kingdom, and we love God with our heart, souls, and minds. Over the centuries Christians have developed Creeds, or statements of faith, which describe what we believe and help our minds love and understand God. One of the oldest creeds dating to the fourth century, is the Nicene Creed, which we say every Sunday in worship (see below). The other two historic creeds of the church are the Apostle's Creed and the Athanasian Creed (a.k.a the Creed of St. Athanasius)
Resources on the Doctrine of the Trinity
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one Being with the Father,
Through him all things were made.
for us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
one the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scripture;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen