We believe in God the holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. He is the Creator and Ruler of all things and sustains all that is by his own infinite power and love. Though he is great beyond our compre-hension, yet we know him through the revelation of holy Scripture, in the person of Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit and the sacraments of the Church.
About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus is the only Son of God, who became man of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, rose from the grave by his own power, and ascended into heaven. He shall come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
We believe that man was created by God in his own image so that we might be like him in character and participate with him in his reign over creation. Through sin, which is rebellion against God, mankind has fallen from this position of grace and must be restored to fellowship with God. We can not bring about this restoration by our own abilities, and therefore God has sent Jesus to do for us what we can not do for our selves.
About the Bible
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is wholly trustworthy and true, without any error. Through this word of God, we know God and ourselves. The Bible is authoritative in the lives of Christians and of all men.
About the Church
The Church is the Body of Christ, made up of all those who belong to Christ. Through the Church, God offers mankind his salvation and the grace of his word and sacraments. Through the Church we have a relationship with God, receiving his gracious blessings and offering ourselves to him. In the Church, we become what we were created to be—the image of God in the world.
We believe that a sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us, recognizing in particular the two sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord - Baptism and Holy Eucharist. We also recognize these other sacraments: Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, Penance, and Unction of the Sick.
About Holy Eucharist
We believe the Holy Eucharist (also known as Communion or the Lord's Supper) is the reception of Christ's Body and Blood by the power of the Holy Ghost, and that it was instituted by Christ himself at the Last Supper for a perpetual remembrance of his one sacrifice of himself, once offered, as a full, perfect, and sufficient satisfaction for the sins of the whole world. Communicants receive both the Body (bread in the form of a wafer) and the Blood (in the form of wine from a common chalice) usually kneeling at the altar rail.
About Holy Baptism
We believe Baptism is not only a sign of profession of faith and a mark of distinction whereby Christians are discerned from others, but that it is also a sign of Regeneration, and that through Baptism, those who have been baptized are rightly grafted into the Church.
Mankind was created to live eternally and all men shall ultimately be raised from the dead. Those who trust in Christ shall be raised to eternal life with God. Those who are apart from Christ shall rise to eternal condemnation for rebellion against God.
About 39 Articles of Religion
The Articles of Religion spell out specific tenets believed to be essential truths. They were not designed to be a "systematic theology," but were, as the original title implied, a means of bringing peace and unity on the points in question during the troubled times of the Reformation. The 39 Articles detail Anglican beliefs in the Son of God being made Man, Christ alone being without sin, Christ rising from the dead, the Holy Ghost being of one substance with the Father and the Son, sufficiency of Scriptures for salvation, justification by faith, and the spiritual nature (rather than transubstantiation) of the Lord's Supper.
An Invitation to You
If you believe these things, St. Timothy’s Church exists for you. Please prayerfully consider joining us as we seek to rejoice in the blessings of our great Holy Trinity. If you would like to become a member of St. Timothy’s Church, please speak to our priest immediately following the worship service or make an appointment to meet with him during the week.