At Holy Spirit Anglican Church, we hold to the classic beliefs of Christianity as expressed through the Bible, the early church, and historical Anglican documents. We’ve briefly outlined what some of these beliefs are below and provided links for further information. If you have any questions about any of these topics, feel free to speak to the clergy on a Sunday, or to contact us via email or phone.
What do we believe about God?
We believe there is one true God. God has existed eternally as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. They are three, and yet one – the Trinity.
What do we believe about Jesus?
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived and taught in first century Palestine, and was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day, he bodily rose from the grave and appeared to his disciples. After 40 days he ascended into heaven where he is seated at the right hand of the Father. We believe that he will come again.
What do we believe about the Bible?
We believe that the books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, which contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian life and faith.
What do we believe about people?
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God as male and female. The first man and woman (Adam and Eve) sinned, and as a result, they would experience physical death and spiritual death – which is separation from God. Since each human being is their descendant, we are all born with a sinful nature. This means that our natural inclination is to choose the wrong things, and this can be seen in our thoughts, words, and actions. Sin, therefore, is a problem of our choices but also a problem of our very being. This sin has severed our relationship with God, and unless it is dealt with, will result in eternal death and separation from him.
What do we believe about salvation?
We believe that we are saved, not by our own actions, efforts, or merits, but by the grace of God through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What do we believe about the Sacraments?
We believe the sacraments to be outward and visible signs of God’s inward and gracious working in us. We practice the sacraments which were instituted by Jesus himself; those of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Because Jesus ordained them, we use his words and the elements which he used to do them. We believe the God works through the sacraments in an effectual and mysterious way.
At Holy Spirit Anglican Church, we also practice those sacraments which have been handed down through the history of the church; marriage, confirmation, anointing with oil, confession, and ordination.
What do we believe about the Church?
We believe in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. These are the four classic ‘marks’ of the church. We believe that the church is one because it has only one Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe that it is holy because it is primarily Jesus’ body, made holy by the presence of the Holy Spirit, not by our own merits. We believe that it is catholic (universal) because it proclaims the whole faith to all people until the end of time. We believe that it is apostolic because the church carries on the teaching and ministry of the apostles, whom Jesus first sent out into the world as his representatives.
Resources for What we Believe:
The Apostle’s Creed (a short statement of faith often used in baptisms)
The Nicene Creed (a longer statement of faith which is the foundation for all Christian churches)
The Athanasian Creed (an intricate explanation of the doctrine of the Trinity)
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (one of the founding documents of Anglicanism which spells out our beliefs in the context of the debates during the Reformation)