And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb. 11:6)
At Christ the King our beliefs are rooted in the authority of God's word written “ the Holy Bible. We affirm the faith of the whole Church, as set forth in the ancient Nicene and Apostles' Creeds. For a classic Anglican statement of faith we uphold The Articles of Religion or, 39 Articles derived from the Church of England 1662 and found in the "Historical Documents section of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, (BCP, p. 864ff). We further affirm The Jerusalem Declaration adopted by the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in 2008, (and its companion commentary, "Being Faithful: The Shape of Historical Anglicanism Today) which states what our worldwide movement teaches today.
In agreement with the ancient creeds and Anglican statements of faith mentioned above our Rector teaches the following:
We believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We confess Jesus as the Lord to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given by the Father. We commit ourselves to follow him and love him above all else and to conform our lives to his example and teaching by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, fully human and fully divine, who became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, lived a life of perfect obedience to his heavenly Father, died on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, and rose bodily in accordance with the Scriptures. God the Holy Spirit draws us to faith in Jesus Christ, through whom alone we are justified and found acceptable by God the Father.
We believe as a foundational tenet of our faith Jesus' words, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the true and revealed Word of God. In all things we submit ourselves to the authority of the Scriptures. We commit ourselves to regular Bible study and to preach and teach only that which is in accordance with Holy Scripture. We recognize truths to be taught by the Holy Spirit only when they are in accord with the Scriptures.
We believe that we are called to a life of discipleship and personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. As his disciples we strive to follow the law of love Jesus commands toward the Lord our God (Matt. 22:37, Deut. 6:5); our neighbor (Matt. 22:39, (Lev. 19:18); and our enemy (Matt. 5:44ff). We acknowledge in our actions as Christ's body that in Christ's love (Eph. 4:2) we are to "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3) so that the world may know we are Christ's disciples by our love for one another (John 13:35). As his disciples we teach and strive towards the biblical principle of thithing. (Malachi 3:10)
We believe that the Risen Lord Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach the Gospel and to follow his commandments. The mission of the Church includes evangelistic proclamation, administration of divine healing and deliverance, and deeds of love and service. We commit ourselves and our resources to this mission, both locally and to the uttermost parts of the earth. We affirm our particular responsibility to know, love, and serve the Lord in our local settings and contexts. Since the biblical pattern of witness moves from the local to the global, we will endeavor to be well-informed about our local communities and active in church planting, evangelism, service, social justice, and cross-cultural, international mission, with particular concern for the poor and the unreached peoples of the world. We embrace as a guiding principle of our mission and ministry Jesus' words, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28: 18-20)
We acknowledge that we are all sinners in need of redemption, and we seek constantly to transform our lives in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We welcome all persons to Christ the King Anglican Church so that their lives may be transformed in the knowledge and love of Christ. We will oppose prejudice in ourselves and others and renounce any false notion of inclusivity that denies that all are sinners in need of repentance.
We believe that all Christians are called to lead chaste lives. In view of the teaching of Scripture, we uphold faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believe that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage. While rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, we call on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals, violence within marriage and any trivialization and commercialization of sex. We cannot support the legitimizing or blessing of same sex unions nor the ordination of those involved in same gender unions. (Adapted from Lambeth Resolution 1.10, the Lambeth Conference of Bishops, 1998.)
We believe that all human life is a sacred gift from God and is to be protected and defended from conception to natural death. We will uphold the sanctity of life in all circumstances and share the grace and compassion of Christ with those who have in the past faced difficult decisions and realities.