What We Believe
❖ The Authority of Holy Scriptures: The Old and New Testament are the Word of God and contain all things necessary to salvation.
❖ The Creeds as statements of faith: The Apostles’ Creed (from c. A.D. 100) and the Nicene Creed (A.D. 325) capture the essence of true Christian doctrine (see below for the text of the Creeds).
❖ The Sacraments as means of grace: God meets us in the sacraments (particularly Holy Baptism and Holy Communion), and these are not mere symbols but also actually means of God sharing his grace with us.
❖ The Historic Episcopate: The Apostles trained and ordained bishops to follow after them, who in turn entrusted the faith to the next generation of bishops, priests and deacons. Our church continues an unbroken line of apostolic succession, tracing our bishops from Jesus and the Apostles right down to our present day leadership.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
THE NICENE CREED
I Believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God;
Begotten of his Father before all ages,
God of God, Light of Light, True God of True God;
Begotten, not made;
Being of one substance with the Father;
By whom all things were made:
Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man:
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried:
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures:
And ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of the Father:
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spoke by the Prophets:
And I believe One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church:
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins:
And I look for the Resurrection of the dead:
And the Life of the world to come. Amen