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What We Believe

Jesus called us, and we accepted. He is the Lord and Saviour of our lives. Therefore, we are, first and foremost, disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our beliefs are based on classical Christian doctrine: We are “rooted in orthodoxy, confessing the historic Christian faith recorded in Holy Scripture, handed down in the Tradition of the Apostles, defended by the Church Fathers and the ecumenical creeds1.” The Nicene Creed provides a concise statement of these beliefs.

What about Scripture? The creed presupposes and uses a very definite concept of Scripture but does not describe Scripture explicitly.

Christian Scripture consists of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the New Testament. The books regarded as authoritative by the church and in the Old and New Testament have been consistent since the 2nd century when they were recorded in the Muratorian Canon and were affirmed in the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. We believe what the Bible says about itself, that it was written by authors whom the Holy Spirit directed and, therefore, is infallible and God-breathed. Not every interpretation of Scripture is equal, and its interpretation should be informed by the church’s historical roots and the ever-present witness of the Holy Spirit.

We consider these to be the essentials of the Christian faith, affirmed by Christians everywhere throughout history. Beyond this, we are irenic and mindful of St. Augustine’s call, “In essentials, unity; In non-essentials, liberty; and In all things, charity.” Most importantly, we strive for right belief (orthodoxy) and right practice (orthopraxy) to love Jesus Christ and others for his sake.

References

  1. https://www.epiclesis.org/what-we-believe/ ↩︎