Christianity is about Jesus Christ and his Kingdom. We have heard, believed, and now proclaim the Good News that Jesus, who died and rose again, is Creation's true Lord. In his death he gives forgiveness for our sins and by his resurrection from the grave he gives us hope for life in a Creation made new and set to rights.
We believe that God is good. In his goodness, he created this world and he created human beings to love him and to be loved by him. He created us to live in his presence and to serve Creation and each other as his stewards. He created us to trust in his perfect goodness and his perfect wisdom.
We believe that human beings rejected God. Believing that we, despite our limited capacities, could determine good and evil for ourselves, we usurped God's good rule and introduced sin into the world. We have made a mess of God's Creation, of ourselves, and of our relationships. Our sin has driven a wedge between our holy God and our sinful selves. We have cut ourselves off from the life we were meant to live in God's presence. Heaven and earth have been sundered by our fall.
We believe that because God is good and faithful, he is working to redeem us and to set right what we have corrupted. Beginning with Abraham, God created a new people for himself—a people meant to represent him in this fallen world, a people who would make him known, a people through whom God would bring redemption to the world.
We believe that in Jesus, all that God had prepared and all that he had promised through Abraham and through the Old Testament Law and Prophets came to its climax. Jesus is the King who suffered and died for the sake of his sinful and rebellious people. Human evil did its worst and crucified Jesus, but three days later Jesus rose from the grave in triumph over sin and death, breaking their power. In his resurrection God declared Jesus to be the world's true Lord.
We believe that forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended to his heavenly throne, there to rule until, through his people, the Church, every last enemy of his kingdom has been put under his feet. We believe that after he ascended, he sent the Holy Spirit to his people in fulfilment of God's promises made through the Prophets. The Holy Spirit teaches us to fulfil God's law by removing our hard and idolatrous hearts and replacing them with hearts full of love for God and full of love for each other, love for the world, and a desire to make him known through our changed lives and through the proclamation of the Good News.
We believe that this Good News is for everyone. It is for men and women, for old people and young people, for rich and for poor, and for people of every nation. It is a message of hope for sinners, because it is a message of grace. We have not earned God's love. We have not earned God's forgiveness. We have earned God's judgement. God, in his goodness, will one day set his Creation to rights and sweep away into eternal destruction every last vestige of corruption, rebellion, and sin. We are sinners—all of us—but because God is good and loving, he has given his own Son in an act of grace, so that we can return to life in his presence and once again take up the holy vocation for which he created us. Through faith in Jesus, we are incorporated into the family of people God created to represent him and to make him known. This Good News about Jesus is just that: news. It is not good advice. It is the message that God's King has come and established a new kingdom in which all will be made right. The Good News demands that we submit ourselves in faith to this gracious and loving King who gave his life for the sake of his enemies. The Good News calls us to give Jesus our all, and in return we are forgiven, made new, and enabled to live in hope of the day when God will raise us from the dead, just as Jesus was, so that we can share forever in the life of his New Creation.
We believe that we enter into God's family through the Sacrament of Baptism. In the baptismal waters, God offers us a promise of forgiveness and new life in Jesus and in passing through those waters, we express our faith and take hold of that promise. We also believe that as we eat the bread and drink the wine of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, we receive continuing grace to live the life given us through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
As Anglican Christians we accept as authoritative, first and foremost, the Bible. God spoke his Word through the Prophets, Apostles, and Evangelists and that Word has been recorded for us in the Bible. We do our best to teach what the Bible teaches and to reject anything that is opposed or contrary to it. We accept the Book of Common Prayer as our authority for worship, doctrine, and practise. We also accept as authoritative the three Creeds, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, and the Declaration of Principles of the Reformed Episcopal Church.
The Apostles' Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Athanasian Creed
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
The Declaration of Principles