We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is both fully God and fully human, and, therefore, the only mediator between God and us.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, therefore, we teach nothing that is contrary to the clear and consistent teaching of the Bible. Where the Bible may not be clear (e.g., Infant Baptism), we then look to how the Holy Spirit has guided the Christian Church over the centuries and we pray in the Name of Jesus Christ for divine guidance today.
We believe God loves each of us as we are, and that the necessary response to the love of God is to know, love and serve God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength, through worship and obedience, and to love our neighbor as our self. Thus, we seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
We believe all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, that the consequence of sin is death (separation from God), and that eternal life is by grace alone (it is a free gift that cannot be earned), through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
We renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness which seek to corrupt and destroy the creatures of God, and, protected by the whole armor of God and equipped with the Word of God (the sword of the Spirit), we persevere in resisting evil.
We believe that Baptism (immersion in water or sprinkling with water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is, at the very least, the New Covenant equivalent of Old Testament circumcision, and therefore is the normal rite of initiation by which we become members of the visible covenant community of God. If baptized as an infant, each person must personally confirm their acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an appropriate age. This is most appropriately done publicly in the Anglican rite of Confirmation.
If the rite of baptism is the initiation into the visible covenant community, then The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is the rite that confirms our faith, or our continuance, in the covenant community. With regard to the bread and wine, we believe that while the elements have been consecrated for holy use, they remain unchanged as they represent Christ’s body and blood. In Communion, Christ, through the Spirit, grants worshippers the true enjoyment of his personal presence, drawing them into fellowship with himself in a way that is glorious and very real, though indescribable. Communion is open to all baptized Christians that are in right relationship with God and their fellow man.
We believe the Christ-given mission of the Church, until He returns again, is to make disciples of all nations; to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins and the coming of the Kingdom of God, to teach people to obey all that God has commanded, and to heal every disease and every infirmity, as we are each empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Nicene Creed, in its literal and grammatical sense, continues to be the defining statement of belief for all Christians:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten 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, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; 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, Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who 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.
*catholic with a lowercase “c” means universal, not Roman Catholic