In Christ alone for salvation
All people have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The consequence of our sin is eternal death.
God in His loving kindness sent His son to live as one of us, to die for the sins of all who will turn from their sin, and through faith give their lives to God through Jesus Christ. There is no other way in which any person can be saved.
This salvation was entirely an act of God’s grace and is not a result of our works in any way.
(Romans 3:21-31; 6:23-24; Philippians 2:5-11)
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
We are called to a life of expectant prayer
Prayer is a normal part of our everyday lives after the example of Christ and his Apostles (Luke 6:12, Luke 9:28, Luke 11:1; Acts 14:23). As Anglicans we express our call to a life of prayer by praying as one body through both liturgical and spontaneous prayer.
It is in prayerful dependence on Christ that we find joy and peace (John 16:22-28; Philippians 4:4-7).
Our prayers are to be rooted in humility and forgiveness (Matthew 6:5-15; Mark 11:22-25). We pray for those who oppose us (Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 5:44-48; Luke 6:27-28).
We are to develop and strengthen our relationship with the Lord both as a church body and as individual members through both our corporate and individual prayers. Prayer is an expression of our faith in God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Luke: 11:5-13; John 14:9-14; 1 John 3:21-23; James 1:5-8, James 4:2-3; Mark 11:22-25; Matthew 21:21-22, Matthew 18:18-19; 1 Corinthians 14:13-15; Romans 8:26-27). Through prayer we grow closer to God.
Through our own prayer and the prayer of others God gives us the strength to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41; Luke 22:40; John 5:14- 16).
Prayer truly after the example of Christ and his Apostles is intercessory prayer (John 17:1-26; 1 John 5:14-16; 2 Corinthians 13:7-9; Ephesians 1:15-23, Ephesians 3:14-21; James 5:13-18).
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you.”
Luke 18:1 “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
John 16:23b-24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is worthy of regular and joyful worship in word, music, prayer and sacrament
We worship God through hearing His word in Scripture and as proclaimed in sermon and teaching.
We regularly and joyfully offer to God our praise in contemporary and traditional music, song, and in prayer – both extemporaneous and liturgical.
We partake in the mystery of Holy Communion, joining together as one body in Christ our Lord.
John 2:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In building Godly relationships, which are open, honest and trusting; both within our homes and within our church family
We seek the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may live as Christ lived and still lives. Our relationships are to be built on the truth of God’s Word as we build loving relationships at home and within church which thrive in an atmosphere of trust, patience, accountability and forgiveness.
We will build up and support Godly families and friendships wherein we continually encourage and challenge each other to grow in faith.
Colossians 3:12-14 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you so you all must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 15:13-15 “Greater love has no one than this: that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know where or what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
In sharing with others the good news of Jesus Christ
We seek to train our members in how to effectively share their faith with others through lifestyle, words, and actions.
We believe we should all be prepared to share with others the hope that we have in Christ (Acts 8:29-39; 1 Peter 3:15-16).
We believe that evangelism consists not only in our words but in our actions (Matthew 5-6; 1 Peter 2:11-12).
Every Christian is called to learn and grow in the faith not only for their own benefit, but also to draw others to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; John 15:8).
We believe that our efforts in evangelism are ordained by God to accompany His calling and power that brings people to faith and knowledge of Christ our Savior (Romans 10:14-15; John 17:20-23; John 1:12-13; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Colossians 4:3-6).
We believe that evangelism begins with prayer (John 17:20; Colossians 4:3-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 10:2-3; John 15:7-16).
Mark 5:19b “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
1 Peter 3:15-16 “[B]ut in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”
We are called to be and to make disciples who follow Jesus Christ
We are to baptize believers and their children, and to train them in and equip them with the skills and tools necessary for a lifelong walk with God.
As true disciples we are to strive to become more like Christ through study and obedience to God’s word through prayer, evangelism, fellowship, worship and Holy Communion.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In the authority of scripture
We believe that Holy Scripture is the supreme authority in the Church and in our lives, that it is the Word of God written and contains all things necessary to Salvation.
We are to submit our hearts, minds and wills to the authority of Scripture.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”