Statement of Faith

Christ the Redeemer and its members affirm that we are members of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, and constituent members of the Anglican Communion through the Province of Nigeria and under the ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Church in North America. Christ the Redeemer is a church that proclaims the full gospel of Jesus Christ and worships in the three-stream tradition of Anglicanism: Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic and Charismatic. Not only are we committed to the sharing of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as found in Matthew 28:19-20, but we believe the message we proclaim is based on the authority of Holy Scripture. We believe the sacraments of the church to be essential to the regular nurturing of our faith and each public worship service is centered in the commandment of Jesus Christ to participate in Holy Communion. We also believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives and give each believer the necessary spiritual gifts to engage in ministry and build up the Body of Christ.

So that faithful witness to apostolic Faith and Order may be continued within the constituent churches of the Anglican Communion, we subscribe to the following beliefs:

• We believe that there is one true and living God, expressed as the Holy Trinity. He lives in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

• We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has given His Church an Order which claims the loyalty of faithful Christians above and beyond any deviation sanctioned by human institutions, whether secular or ecclesiastical.

• We accept the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as primary and authoritative, “containing all things necessary to salvation,” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of our doctrine, faith and morals.

• We believe that the person and work of Jesus Christ is the same “yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). For that reason, we believe that all of the spiritual gifts he gave to the Church in the apostolic age are still valid and operational today. This includes healing, prophecy, tongues and miracles. We believe that the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit are given to each Christian “according to God’s grace” and are to be used for the common good and to build up the Body of Christ.

• We accept the Nicene Creed as a summation of our faith beliefs, and the Athanasian Creed as a complete and sufficient statement of the Christian faith.

• We accept the two primary Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of Institution. We also acknowledge the authority and importance in daily church life of the sacramental rites of Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, Healing Unction, Confirmation and Ordination.

• We believe that all materials possessions and financial assets belong to God and we recognize that we are stewards for God of all that we are and all that we have. We also corporately affirm that the Bible teaches the tithe as the minimum standard of giving of our treasure, which means ten percent of all that God has placed into our hands is given back to Him through the local church.

• We believe that salvation is a free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and we affirm Jesus’ words that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one can come to the Father except through [Him] (John 14:6).”44