What We Believe
We believe the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints (Jude 3) as taught by Jesus to His Apostles, His Apostles taught their disciples, and which was believed by the Apostolic Church of the first 1,000 years of orthodox Christianity.
We believe the Nicene Creed to be a sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct; that it contains all things necessary for Salvation. Whatever is not written in or cannot be proven by the Scriptures is not binding on any person as something that must be believed or thought to be necessary for Salvation.
We believe we are “saved” by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and that when we are saved, we have a spiritual "birth", being "born again" as a child of the living God. We become new creations in Christ according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, having the assurance of heaven and a brand new life in Jesus. We have a new beginning because all of our sins of the past are forgiven through His shed Blood. In receiving Jesus as our Savior, we also receive Him as our Lord and endeavor to live a life submitted to His Lordship, a life that reflects a continual growth in Christ-likeness.
We believe in the past and present ministry of the Holy Spirit, Whose “acts” and supernatural "Gifts," listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, did not cease with the Apostles but rather continued in the life of the Church down through the centuries to this present day, and Who empowers every Christian to live and serve in His supernatural power, ability, and wisdom.
We believe when we celebrate Holy Communion, also referred to as the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is truly present and by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is what Jesus taught in John 6 and what He said at the Last Supper. It is what St. Paul declared when he spoke of Holy Communion in 1 Corinthians 10:15 where he says, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" This is what the Church has believed and taught from the time of the Apostles to this present day. We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. We serve Communion under both kinds (the Body and the Blood). Our method for serving Communion is by intinction, where the communicant receives the host in their hand and, if they chose, they may dip the Host into the Cup before consuming the intincted Host. Our Communion is open to all Christians.
We believe all those who have a personal faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, enjoy a "unity" in Christ regardless of their denominational affiliation. Therefore, we consider all Christians to be our brothers and sisters in Christ; greeting and receiving them as members of the Father's family.