When Jesus rose victoriously from the dead, he commissioned his church to make disciples of all nations. Anglican Christians believe this commission involves three essential features.
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you
We believe the Bible is the true, inspired, and authoritative Word of God. We hold it as the absolute standard for all that we believe and do. Because God still speaks to his people through the Scriptures, the reading, teaching, and preaching of the Bible holds a central place in the worship and life of our church.
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
We believe that Christ meets his people in a personal, tangible way through the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Because these acts remind us of what God has done for us, assure us of his love, and give us his grace, we frequently and joyfully celebrate the sacraments, partaking of Holy Communion every Sunday.
and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age
We believe that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and empowers the church, and we rejoice in his presence. He is the one who personally unites us to Christ, and through him, Jesus is still present with his people. Because of this, we are committed to prayer, as we humbly seek the Holy Spirit’s transforming power in our lives and in our church.