We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading.
We uphold the Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as expressing the rule of faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgement and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who come to him in repentance and faith.
We recognise that God has called and gifted bishops, priests and deacons in historic succession to equip all the people of God for their ministry in the world. They are to deliver the Faith without change or alteration to the Church.
We believe that Baptism is a sacrament of the New Covenant ordained by Christ, wherein we are made members “of his one body” the Church, are “born of water and the Spirit,” receive the “the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit,” “the forgiveness of sins,” adoption as sons of God, the sign and seal of the covenant of grace, and incorporation into the death and resurrection of Christ, without which “we cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
We believe that holy Eucharist is a sacrament instituted by Christ, whereby we participate in the body and blood of Christ, by the making present of the one sacrifice of Christ, “who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God.” In the Eucharist the bread becomes the body of Christ, and the wine becomes his blood, and by worthily partaking in faith we receive the blood of the new covenant, which is given “for the forgiveness of sins,” and the body and blood of Christ given for everlasting life. Unworthy reception profanes the blood of Christ bringing the judgment of God.
We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family.
We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptise, teach and bring new believers to maturity.
We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to uphold and advocate justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.