Jesus and the Gospel
‘…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ (Romans 10:9)
Christianity is first and foremost a Gospel – the ‘good news’ of the salvation accomplished for us by Jesus Christ. ‘Religion’ is about people working their way up to God, but the Gospel tells us that ‘for us and our salvation,’ God came down to us, that we may be ‘justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.’ This message of grace is at the center of all our thinking, the lens through which we view all of life.
Holy Scripture and Authority
“All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3.16).
“The Church hath power to decree rites or ceremonies, and authority in Controversies of Faith: and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to God’s Word written…” Article XX, BCP 871.
The Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments are our rule of faith and practice, the ‘God-breathed’ means by which we discern will of God, containing “all things necessary for salvation” (BCP 513, 526, 538), Our preaching and teaching is based on the faithful exposition of the Bible, that our lives might be conformed to its life-giving message.
Article VI of the 39 Articles of Religion, says this:
Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: 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. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
|Genesis||The First Book of Samuel||The Book of Esther|
|Exodus||The Second Book of Samuel||The Book of Job|
|Leviticus||The First Book of Kings||The Psalms|
|Numbers||The Second Book of Kings||The Proverbs|
|Deuteronomy||The First Book of Chronicles||Ecclesiastes or Preacher|
|Joshua||The Second Book of Chronicles||Cantica, or Songs of Solomon|
|Judges||The First Book of Esdras||The Prophets the greater|
|Ruth||The Second Book of Esdras||Twelve Prophets the less|
And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:
The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobias,
The Book of Judith,
The rest of the Book of Esther, The Book of Wisdom,
Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet,
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The Song of the Three Children, The Story of Susanna,
Of Bel and the Dragon,
The Prayer of Manasses,
The First Book of Maccabees, The Second Book of Maccabees.
All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.
Worship: the Beauty of Holiness
‘…Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!’ Psalm 96.9 ‘But you are chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him Who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.’ (1 Peter 2:9)
It is ‘very meet, right, and our bounden duty’ to offer praise to our almighty and merciful God. Our worship, centered in the Holy Eucharist, is intended to evoke and prefigure the ceaseless worship of heaven. ‘Glory and worship are before him; power and honor are in his sanctuary,’ sings the psalmist, ‘Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him.’ In this sense, biblical worship is always ‘high.’ Worship ought to reflect the glory and majesty of the One to whom it is offered, though necessarily, even our highest worship will only be a dim reflection of the glory of Him who covers himself in ‘light like a garment’ (Ps. 104.2).
‘…we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.’ (Romans 12:4-8)
While our culture may lift up the rugged individual, in Christ we are called into a community which reflects the eternal relationship of love within the most blessed Trinity. Therefore we seek to ‘bear one another’s burdens,’ and to share one another’s joys as well, taking special care of our families and children.
The Anglican Way
We believe that the Anglican expression of the Christian Faith is in continuity with and a constituent member of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, “built on the foundation of prophets and apostles, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20). In our worshipping life structured by the Book of Common Prayer we have a “goodly heritage” which binds us together with Anglican Christians around the world in an authentically catholic church, reformed and always reforming.
Ministries of Mercy
‘The Righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?” …And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (St. Matthew 25:37,40)
The Gospel calls us out into the world to minister to ‘the sick, the friendless, and the needy’ in our own community and around the world, recognizing that to serve anyone in need is to serve Christ Himself.
As Anglicans, we understand what we believe to be best expressed through our worship and liturgy in the form of the Book of Common Prayer.
We affirm that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments contain all things necessary to salvation and are the rule and ultimate standard of Christian faith.
In addition to the Creeds and the Book of Common Prayer, Anglicans have long held to the doctrinal statements of the first seven ecumenical councils. While one will often see references to the fact that Anglicans affirm four councils (historically accurate) and the Elizabethan book of Homilies affirm the first six, by the 17th century the Church of England had affirmed the seventh council, despite earlier reservations. Since then Anglicans have affirmed all seven ecumenical councils in various dialogues with other Christians.
Of particular importance to Anglicans/Episcopalians is the Chalcedonian definition on the unity of the divine and human natures of Jesus Christ.
In regards to more contemporary concerns, such as creation and the environment, the Catechism of Creation serves a point of departure for reflection.