The Nicene Creed
This creed, or statement of belief, was developed at a council meeting of leaders of the whole church from around the world in 325 AD in a city called Nicaea (Nye-see-uh). It is a summary of the biblical teachings that are essential to Christianity and is universally accepted by Christians around the world today.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.Other Beliefs
We welcome people from all different backgrounds to our church and we aim to practice what C.S. Lewis called, "Mere Christianity" meaning we do not want to go beyond what has been revealed in Scripture and has been universally practiced by the Church. The list of beliefs below is not exhaustive but is meant to be a simple summary of relevant doctrines people might want to know about as they consider our particular church.
- We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are God’s Word and are our ultimate authority and are without error in the original manuscripts. They contain all things necessary for salvation.
- We believe in the universal sinfulness of humanity and in our inability to earn salvation.
- We believe people are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus alone.
- We believe that marriage is a life-long covenant relationship between one man and one woman and is the only proper place for sexual activity. The ultimate purpose of sex is the procreation of children and marriage provides the foundation to raise children in the fear and love of the Lord.
- We believe that God created humans as male or female and that this is a gift from God that brings him glory and leads to human flourishing.
- We believe that human life is made in God’s image and is therefore sacred and should be protected from conception until natural death.
- We believe water baptism in the name of the Trinity is an outward sign from God of a new relationship with him and is how he welcomes sinners into the Church. The infants of believers are appropriate candidates to receive this sign and is in keeping with the ordinance of Jesus.
- We believe the Lord’s Supper is more than just a symbol. Jesus is present in a real way and offers his empowering grace to the baptized who come and receive this meal in faith.
- We believe that bishops are a gift from God to his Church. We submit to the bishop’s authority and recognize that our church is governed by him and the priests he has deputized to lead on his behalf.
- We believe The Book of Common Prayer 1662 is the standard for Anglican worship and the Book of Common Prayer 2019 is a faithful adaptation of that document.
- We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God’s Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today.