Read about our Theology
Anglicanism is called the “middle way.” Anglicans are catholic in that we follow the teachings and worship style of the ancient church. The church has been saying many of the same prayers we pray each week since the first century! Yet, Anglicanism has been greatly influenced by the Protestant Reformation as well. We hold strongly to the authority of the Bible as God’s revealed word. We also believe that every person is called to have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are also called to serve others in the love of Christ, helping them to know the truth of the gospel.
The most important belief we hold is that Jesus Christ is God. Christ is so central to us that we have taken the name Immanuel, which is one of the names we find in the Bible for Jesus. It means “God with us.” John 3:16, which might be familiar to you, says it best: “This is how much God loved the world, that He gave His only, unique Son so that anyone who believes in Him won’t die forever, but have eternal life.” Jesus came to reveal a God we can’t see. He went to the cross to receive the punishment we deserve. He rose again to show the promise of eternal life we have if we believe in him. He then sent his Holy Spirit to live in our hearts to recreate us into people who look and act and love like him.
There’s too much to say about Jesus on this website! If you have questions, let us know. We’d love to tell you more about who he is and the great love he has for you!
If you’d like to know more about what we believe, you can always make an appointment to talk with one of our clergy. But here are a couple of other resources to help you understand more about Anglican theology.
Our simplest statement of faith is one of the church’s oldest. The Apostles’ Creed was written in the first century to provide an outline of our beliefs.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
A catechism is a statement of belief written in question and answer form. It is used by churches to teach children and those new to the faith the basic doctrines (beliefs) of Christianity. Here is the Anglican Church in North America’s catechism if you’d like to explore more of the theology of Anglicanism.