What we Believe
Anglicans hold the Christian Faith
Anglicans hold the Christian faith that finds its origins in the person and teaching of Jesus Christ, as found in the Bible and summarised in the Creeds of the early church.
In this, Anglicans are on common ground with most other Christian Churches. With Christians everywhere:
- Anglican’s believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
- God the Son, Jesus entered the world in a decisive way and lived among us as Jesus of Nazareth;
- The dying and rising again of Jesus is the means by which all people can be reconciled to God, having been separated from God by sin; and
- The most important source of belief is the self-revelation of God, contained in the Bible as the authoritative story of God’s interaction with the world and with human beings.
The Fundamental Declarations
Chapter one of the Anglican Church of Australia’s constitution summarises these beliefs and calls them the Fundamental Declarations.
These statements form the foundation of our belief and practise as a church…
The Anglican Church of Australia, being a part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, holds the Christian Faith as professed by the Church of Christ from primitive times and in particular as set forth in the creeds known as the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.
This Church receives all the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being the ultimate rule and standard of faith given by inspiration of God and containing all things necessary for salvation.
This Church will ever obey the commands of Christ, teach His doctrine, administer His sacraments of the Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, follow and uphold His discipline and preserve the three orders of bishops, priests and deacons in the sacred ministry.
A full copy of our constitution can be found here.