As recipients of a story much bigger than ourselves, we do not want to pick and choose what we believe about God based on our own personal whims or limited experience. That would be quite exhausting and error-prone! Instead, we desire to receive the faith taught by Christ, revealed in the Scriptures, handed down from the first apostles, and embraced by the church for 2,000 years.
With Christians everywhere, we affirm our belief in historic Christianity as summarized in the two historic creeds: the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. These creeds summarize the Biblical witness to who God is and what he is doing, and serve as our framework for interpreting the Scriptures.
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.
* means world-wide or universal, not Roman Catholic
We also affirm the need to clarify other Scriptural beliefs not specified in the creeds, since these beliefs also shape our relationship with God. Confessions, written in different periods by different portions of the universal Church, help clarify these doctrines. As a church rooted in the Anglican tradition, we affirm the Thirty-Nine Articles as the historical confession of our belief, as written and interpreted by the English reformers of the 16th to 17th centuries. If you want a quick summary of what we believe in modern language, based on the Thirty-Nine Articles, we invite you to read the IAC Affirmations.
We Affirm: The Holy Trinity
The mystery of the Holy Trinity, namely, that the one God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and has so revealed Himself to us in the Gospel.
We Affirm: The Lord Jesus Christ
The full deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, who by reason of His birth of the Virgin Mary, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, and triumphant reign, is the only Mediator between God and man.
We Affirm: The Holy Scriptures
The trustworthiness and inerrancy of the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as “God’s Word written”, which contain all things necessary for salvation, teach God’s will for His world, and have supreme authority for faith, life and the continuous renewal and reform of the Church.
We Affirm: Justification and Sanctification
The justification of the repenting and believing sinner as God’s gracious act of declaring him righteous on the ground of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and rose again for us: and sanctification as the gracious continuing activity of the Holy Spirit in the justified believer, perfecting his repentance, nurturing the new life implanted within him, transforming him into Christ’s image, and enabling him to do good works in the world.
We Affirm: The Christian Church
The Church as the Body of Christ, whose members belong to the new humanity, and are called to live in the world in the power of the Spirit, worshiping God, confessing His truth, proclaiming Christ, supporting one another in Love, and giving themselves in sacrificial service to those in need.
We Affirm: Spiritual Gifts and Ministry
The calling of all Christians to exercise their God-given gifts in ministry, and to work, witness and suffer for Christ; together with the particular calling of ordained ministers who, by preaching, teaching and pastoral care, are to equip God’s people for His Service, and to present them mature in Christ.
We Affirm: The Gospel Sacraments
The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as “visible words” which proclaim the Gospel, and are means of grace by which faith is strengthened.
In particular, the significance of the Lord’s Supper as a communion in the Body and Blood of Christ, who offers Himself to us in the action of this sacrament, so that by faith we may feed on Him in our hearts and offer ourselves to Him in gratitude for our salvation through His cross.
Also, the openness of the Lord’s Table as the place where all baptized believers, being one in Christ, are free to celebrate their common salvation in the Lord, and to express their common devotion to His person and His service.
We Affirm: The Return of Christ
The personal return in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of this age for the resurrection of the dead (some to life, some to condemnation), for the glorification of His church, and for the renewal of the whole creation.
Sometimes, there are areas of belief that are unclear in Scripture. At IAC, we seek to be “simply Christian,” welcoming a diversity of opinion on unclear topics, and encouraging charity and mutual understanding where marginal beliefs differ. However, truly fruitful dialogue can only flourish if it is rooted in what God has clearly revealed about Himself, his world, and his plans (see above). We hope that this posture of generous orthodoxy is reflected in our preaching, in our fellowship, and in a culture of genuine dialogue among us when controversial topics arise.
The Jerusalem Declaration is a short statement about how our corner of Anglican Christianity is grappling with difficult modern issues.
About International Anglican Church
At IAC, we want the gospel of Jesus Christ to define who we are and shape what we do. We are rooted in the sacred traditions of the church, passionate about the Scriptures, and utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit. We were planted in America by the Anglican Church of Rwanda and have been uniquely shaped by that relationship.
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