WE BELIEVE IN:
Sola Scriptura: The inspired Word of God is wholly sufficient in all matters of faith, doctrine and practice. Every contribution of tradition and reason is to be measured against Biblical authority and clear Biblical teaching. In matters that lack Biblical authority (adiaphora, matters indifferent), there is the liberty in which Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1).
Sola fide: Ours is an incarnational faith. Jesus Christ, Son of God, is truly active in our world, everywhere evident to all who believe, resident in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, spiritually and sacramentally present in the Holy Eucharist (communion). Our eternal salvation is procured for us solely by faith in His holy life, atoning death and victorious resurrection, without regard for any works on our part (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 9:30-32; 10:8-10). We believe that He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
Sola gratia: We are made members of the Body of Christ and heirs of eternal life solely by the grace of God that leads us into our faith apart from any merit of our own (Romans 11;5,6; Philippians 3:9).
Sacramental: Word and Sacrament are paramount and equal in our worship. We uphold the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist as those instituted and commanded to be observed by Jesus Himself. We act on the sanctifying grace of these sacraments in lives of sacrifice and service (II Corinthians 8:7-9; Romans 12:1,2), all to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria, Matthew 5:16).
Confessional: We believe that all Christians must believe in their hearts and confess with their mouths the earliest Christian confession, “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9); and we proclaim that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:19).
Creedal: We adhere to the five sources of authority cited by Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626): one canon, two covenants (OT/NT), three creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian), four councils (Nicea, Constantinople, Ephesus, Chalcedon) and five centuries (100-600: the post-apostolic fathers through Ambrose and Augustine to Gregory the Great). The creeds express our regula fidei (our “rule of faith”).
Evangelical: We are evangelical in the sense that we are committed to the proclamation of the Gospel message, never to be "upstaged" by liturgy or theology for its own sake, and never to be diluted by ever-changing social norms and practices.
Liturgical: We follow the traditional liturgical outline of Christian worship handed down from the original Book of Common Prayer (1549). This magnificent liturgy supports the concept of “lex orandi, lex credendi” (the rule of our prayer is the rule of our faith). Our lives of prayer form us into a worshiping community that places highest value on both personal and corporate prayer. We “offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).
Congregational: We believe in the priesthood of all believers (I Peter 2:5; Revelation 1:6, 5:10; Romans 12:3-8), with the visible church as a fellowship of Christians committed to worship and service. Our presbyter/minister is simply primus inter pares: a leader among equals, one who has heard and accepted the call of God to be a pastor (shepherd) and teacher.
Anglican: We follow in the spiritual footsteps of those early Anglicans who helped to establish a distinctly Reformed faith in the Church of England: Cranmer, Bucer, Parker, Hooker, Andrewes. We identify in our faith and worship tradition with the Anglican Communion worldwide and its faith expressions as embodied in the BCP, the 39 Articles (1563), the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral (1886/88) and the Jerusalem Declaration (2008) of GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference).