Beliefs

Beliefs

A brief introduction to our beliefs:

As Anglicans, we are “reformed catholics.” We are catholic (“of the whole,” “universal”) because we hold to the deposit of faith once delivered, stand upon Holy Scripture and the great creeds (expressions of faith) of the ancient church, celebrate the sacraments as Christ’s ordained means of grace, and maintain a careful record of bishops, whose line of ordination stretches back to the Apostles.

Beliefs | Saint Francis Anglican ChurchWe are reformed because, as classical Anglicans, we have received the insights of our Anglican forefathers during the 16th century Reformation, who raised their voices against the corrupt theology and practice of that time. One of the most important doctrines we affirm, which was clarified during that time, is the doctrine of justification by grace through faith alone. We are made right with God, not through anything we have done, but only by placing our confidence in what Jesus Christ has done for us.

We joyfully proclaim the Gospel (“good news”) of Jesus Christ. He is God in the flesh, Who came to reveal God to us, died on the cross to atone for our sins, rose from the dead in victory over death, and ascended into heaven to reconcile us to God. We are tasked with proclaiming this good news until He comes again to inaugurate the new heavens and the new earth.

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Here are the classic statements, which form the bedrock of our beliefs:

The voice of the early Church: the historic creeds of the Church

The witness of our 16th century Anglican reformers: the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

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The Historic Creeds
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The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

Here are two of our church’s beliefs, which we are asked to clarify often:

Our church’s position on sexual ethics and the sanctity of human life.

Beliefs | Saint Francis Anglican Church
We believe the Bible is supernatural, infallible, everlasting, sufficient, Christological, personal, regenerative, and inspired.

Our view of the Bible. We believe the Bible is:

  • Supernatural in origin
  • Infallible in authority
  • Everlasting in duration
  • Sufficient for salvation
  • Christological in subject
  • Personal in application
  • Regenerative in power
  • Inspired in totality

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV

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