Our beliefs are rooted in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These are summarised in the Creeds expressing our faith, and influence our spirituality, values and lifestyle.
Scripture – We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, containing all things necessary to obtain salvation, governing our doctrine, and guiding our daily life.
Uniqueness of Jesus Christ – We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is both fully human and fully divine. By His atoning death and glorious resurrection, He secured the redemption of all who come to Him in repentance and faith. He came to establish, and will return to consummate, His kingdom. We are first and foremost Christians – Christ’s one’s, “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (1 Peter2:9).
Evangelical — evangel, literally means message. The basics of this message are: the authority of the Word of God; that we are sinners saved by God’s grace so we may enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord; and His commission to go and spread the gospel/ good news.
Anglican — literally means English, and we have an historic relationship with the Church of England. Even more, we are connected to an historic church with 2,000 years of belief, faith and hope. A recent realignment has seen the formation of the Anglican Network in Canada, part of the Anglican Church of North America, part of the International movement, Global Anglican Fellowship. See links for more information.
Charismatic — meaning we are invited to be filled with God’s charis/ grace, and to manifest the charismata/ gifts of the Holy Spirit. God has equipped and gifted His whole church to exercise the ministry of Jesus in the world, with the renewing power, authority, and grace of the Holy Spirit.
Reformed — by having our roots in the Protestant Reformation, and including such principles as the priesthood of all believers, salvation through the finished work of Christ on the Cross, and the authority of The Bible. At the same time we need to constantly be re-formed, transformed and renewed through the ministry of the Word and the Holy Spirit.
Catholic – literally means universal or worldwide. We are part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church described by Paul in this way: “To the church of God…to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
Human Sexuality – God’s gift of sexuality is so important to him, that he provides marriage as a protective cover so that we can enjoy his gift to the full. Jesus, quoting from Genesis, affirms God’s purpose. “In the beginning the Creator made them male and female…a man will be unite to his wife, and the two shall become on flesh” (Matthew 5:31-32). Marriage is a permanent lifelong monogamous union between one man and one woman.
The challenge for all of us who are the Body of Christ, is on the one hand to uphold God’s perfect will and intention for marriage, as well as all life choices. On the other, we have to balance this with compassion and grace when we fail to live up to his will, as “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).