What we Believe
As Christians, we believe in
God with our hearts, and we believe certain things about
God with our minds.
Believing in God is trusting that He is the source of all things and the source of all love. God made himself known to us in Jesus Christ – in his life and teaching, his death and his resurrection. We believe in his power to forgive sin and transform even suffering, pain and death into new creation. We trust that we can and do relate to God personally in our daily lives and in the community of the Church, through his invisible presence with us, the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Christian hope that in the end, God will be all in all.
The most important source for what we know about God is the Bible, which reveals God at work in the world and communicating his truth, most clearly in Jesus. Each time we gather for worship we hear one or more Bible readings, and we usually share the bread and wine of the Eucharist (Holy Communion), as Jesus told his disciples to do. When we gather for worship we say what we believe about God. We often use words agreed upon many centuries ago, which distil the essence of our faith. These words - the Nicene Creed - have been continuously used by Christians throughout the world, and they remind us that our belief and trust makes us part of the universal Church, which is something much bigger than our own limited experience and expression of Christianity:
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 worshipped 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.
Through all of our lives as Christians we are on a journey both to know God better in our hearts, and to understand more about him with our minds. This journey of faith is not meant to be a solitary or private thing: we need each other in the Church, as we reflect together on the meaning and implications of the Bible and the Creeds, and share with each other the experience of trusting and knowing God day by day in both our individual lives, and in the Christian community and its worship.
Do join with us on this amazing journey of discovery and faith!