What we believe
The Nicene Creed
For more than 1600 years the Nicene Creed has been the standard for articulating the essence of the Christian faith. The content of the Creed is focused on God as He is uniquely revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. The Creed is Trinitarian and foundational to all of Christian doctrine and practice.
Text of the 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.
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.”
To be a disciple of Jesus is to enter into a particular kind of life: A life of communion with the Trinitarian God. It’s a life lived in response to God’s grace and on His terms. While there’s only so much that can be captured with a written description, the following is an attempt to express what Christian faithfulness means.
Anglican Church in North America
For a detailed description of the faith and practice of the ACNA, please visit their website.
One simple summary of global Anglican faith is what is known as the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral. The following points of the “Quadrilateral” are considered to be essential for the Christian faith and for the hope of future unity with other Church traditions.
(a) The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as “containing all things necessary to salvation,” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
(b) The Apostles’ Creed, as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
(c) The two Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself–Baptism and the Supper of the Lord–ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of Institution, and of the elements ordained by Him.
(d) The Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church.