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The Nicene Creed

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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,  and was made 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. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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.

Our core beliefs are summarized in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, which are very ancient summaries of Christian faith. These creeds unite us with believers from every time and place, and place our church within the historical mainstream of faith.

As Anglican Christians, our faith also conforms to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. The Articles are a definitive statement of doctrine for the the Anglican church. The Articles were drawn up in response to various questions and disputes during the 16th century Reformation. As J.I. Packer put it, the Articles, “Catch the substance and spirit of biblical Christianity superbly well” and are an important part of our rich heritage.

Of particular importance are Articles 9-14, which deal with Original Sin, the depravity of man, justification by faith alone, and the place of good works in the life of the Christian. See Articles 10 and 11 below, and the link to the Thirty-Nine Articles above.

X. Of Free-Will.
The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith; and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing [preceding] us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.

XI. Of the Justification of Man.
We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification.

 

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