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What do we believe?

We believe, confess, and teach “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), the Faith of the early church fathers, creeds, and councils before the Church's present sad divisions. We hold to the primacy of the Scriptures "so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation." (Articles of Religion, 6)

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“Moreover, in the Catholic Church itself, all possible care must be taken, that we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” (St. Vincent of Lerins, d. circa 445)

 

“One canon reduced to writing by God himself, two testaments, three creeds, four general councils, five centuries, and the series of Fathers in that period – the centuries that is, before Constantine, and two after, determine the boundary of our faith.” (Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626)

In keeping with the historic Faith, we believe in: 

  1. The Holy Bible as Word of God, sufficient for salvation and all essential matters of faith and morals.

  2. The Nicene Creed, Apostles’ Creed, and Athanasian Creed as the historical summaries of the biblical “Rule of Faith.”

  3. The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as instituted by Christ, and generally necessary for all Christians.

  4. The historic episcopacy, locally adapted.

 

As Anglicans, we uphold our traditional Formularies because we believe they are in conformity to Scripture:

  1. The Book of Common Prayer locally adapted in conformity to the standards set by the 1662 edition.

  2. The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, locally adapted in conformity to the standards set in 1563.

  3. The Ordinal attached to the Book of Common Prayer, locally adapted in conformity to the standards set in 1549.

Our calling to "proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations" leads us to join wholeheartedly in subscribing to the Jerusalem Declaration as set forth by the Global Anglican Future Conference in 2008.

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