Saturday, November 25, 2017

Core Values

Who needs them? We all do. Having core values gives you a foundation in life. They keep you grounded as you pray … they help you find balance along the way. Going on a personal “Spiritual Journey” without them is just wandering around and bumping into things …

Every group has values they share which sets them apart from others and binds the members together for a common purpose. As Christians, and specifically as members of the Anglican Church, we share in a wonderfully full heritage of belief. Our core values are based on the Bible and lived out through 2000 years of the Church. They include:

1. Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus is the Son of God, who lived and died as one of us and who rose from the dead on Easter. As our creeds state clearly, he was fully God and at the same time fully man. This is a great mystery which is hard to explain, but which guides our faith. We believe Jesus is still alive. He meets us regularly as he has promised: “when two or three are gathered in his name he will be with us.” We also believe Jesus will come again at the end of time to judge the living and the dead.

2. The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Old and New Testaments are the revealed word of God. They contain all things necessary for our salvation. The Bible is the ultimate rule and standard of our faith. Sometimes the Bible can seem difficult to understand and apply in our day so we are also committed to learning and studying its teachings in a spirit of prayer, humility, and openness to God’s guidance. We are also guided by the custom of reading the Bible in its context and looking for the truth that comes to us through the writings and lives of those who have been Christ Followers through the ages. We also agree with those who say, “Where the Bible speaks we will speak, and where the Bible is silent we will be silent.”

3. The Sacraments

We believe God makes himself known to us not only in the Bible but through experiences we have of God. These are special events called sacraments. Our primary sacraments are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Through these sacraments — as well as others like Confirmation, Anointing for healing, Matrimony, and Confession — we have outward and visible signs of how the Spirit of God is present and at work in our lives. In Baptism, God our Father adopts us and brings us into a new and never-ending relationship with him. Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which takes the rest of our lives to complete. In the Eucharist, when we share the bread and wine of communion, we become united with Jesus Christ, the risen and living Son of God.

4. Our Baptismal Covenant

Each time we bring a new person into God’s family through the sacrament of Baptism the whole congregation is asked to renew its Baptismal Covenant. The Baptismal Covenant is a brief statement of our beliefs. It explains what we believe is the foundation of the Christian faith and life. By regularly renewing our covenant we refresh our sense of commitment to moving closer to God each day. We also stay in touch with the historical faith of the catholic Church which has been held by all people, in all places, at all times.

5. The Power of the Holy Spirit

We believe God offers us the power of his Holy Spirit to guide us in making decisions, to comfort us when we need hope, to give us joy, and to bring us the courage to be faithful witnesses of Jesus in the world around us. We are committed to asking for God’s Spirit to be poured into our hearts each day as we pray and when we worship together, or as we study his word in the Bible.

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