Beliefs

Our church is in the Anglican tradition, part of the Anglican Church of North America in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. Our mother church is Church of the Holy Spirit, in Leesburg, VA.

The Anglican tradition holds to the 1 Biblical Canon, with 2 Testaments (Old and New), as the rule of faith. In the first 3 Christian Creeds, the first 4 Church Councils, and the first 5 centuries after the Ascension of the Lord, the Anglican tradition appeals too for interpretative wisdom and practical theology. Please click here for details about our Church faith.

The Word of God
We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired and, therefore, inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. The Apocryphal books are, according to St. Jerome, read for examples of life and manners; but do not apply to establish any doctrine (Mt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21).

The Trinity
We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that being one God, these are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy. We believe that God not only created the world, but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists, and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus, to the glory of His name (Ps. 104:1–35; 139:1–24; Mt. 10:29–31; 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12; 4:4–6; Col. 1:16–17; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6).

Jesus  ~ Lord and Christ
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God; that He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit; and that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever. He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness (Mt. 1:18–25; Jn. 1:1–18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1–28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10–14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6–11; Col. 1:15–23; Heb. 7:25; 9:13–15; 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21–25; 1 Jn. 2:1–2).

The Holy Spirit and His Ministry
 The Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit. After conversion and new spiritual birth, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for mission and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 1:12–13; 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9; 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14; 5:18).

Sacraments
Sacraments have two parts: the visible and the invisible. The visible serves as material part that points to the invisible spiritual grace. There are two Gospel Sacraments that were specifically established by Jesus prior to His passion. These are Baptism and Eucharist. They are sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God’s good will towards us. Sacraments call us to Remember God’s saving acts in history and to Anticipate God’s future saving act as the Holy Spirit Communicates such graces to us. There are five other, commonly called, sacraments which are practiced at Ascension because they are rooted in the practice of the 12 Apostles; Confirmation, Absolution, Anointing for the Sick, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Orders.  He not only quickens, but also strengthens and confirms our Faith through the Sacraments when duly ministered (Matt 3:16; 19:10-11; 16:19; 26:26-29; 28:19; Luke 24:35; John 3:5; 20:21-23; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:38, 42; 6:3-6; 13:2-3; Rom 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 11:24-27;1 Pet 3:20-21; Isa 44:3; Eze 39:29; Joel 2:28; John 14:16; Acts 2:4; 8:14-17; 19:3-6; Eph. 5:31-32; 1 Tim. 3:1; 8-9; 4:14-16; 5:17-19, 22 Heb. 6:2; Jas. 5:14-15; Rev. 1:18).

The Apostles’ Creed 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed
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 worshiped 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. Amen.

 

 

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