What We Believe
Our faith centers on the saving death and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. The authority for our belief is the Bible, which records the redeeming acts of God in history. The Old Testament looks forward to the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. The New Testament recounts His life, death and resurrection and promises his return to establish His perfect Kingdom. Our Church teaches that Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation. Therefore, we teach as essential to salvation nothing that is not clearly set forth in the Bible.
The Good News of the Christian faith is that even though all have sinned and fallen short of what God asks of us, Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross makes our forgiveness possible. We who are separated from God can know Him personally as we accept His free, undeserved offer of forgiveness and new birth. It is not possible for us ever to be "good enough" to earn our own salvation, but we rejoice that we receive assurance of eternal life in Christ when we put our trust in Him.
The Holy Spirit, given to all who confess that Jesus is Lord, seeks to change us and develop in us Christ-like characteristics of love, joy, peace, patience, and others. The Holy Spirit also gives us gifts for ministry, specific abilities that enable us to do the work God has called us to do. We believe that the ministries of the Holy Spirit seen in the New Testament Church are good gifts that God still gives to Christians today. We are open to all the Spirit's gifts if they are exercised in humility and love for the benefit of the whole Church.
All Saints' is part of the Anglican Church in North America and is under Bishop John Guernsey of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. Our faith, rooted in Scripture, can be summarized in the ancient Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. We have never claimed to be the only true Church, and we openly affirm the vital Christian expression in other traditions.
Because we are called to grow in our knowledge and love of God, we place a high priority on Christian education for all ages. We expect that all those who are part of the All Saints' family will nurture their own spiritual growth by participating in the education offerings of the congregation and that parents will ensure that their children are able to join the classes and programs that will help them come to know God for themselves. We want to support and equip parents, who are the primary Christian educators of their children, helping families become all that God intends them to be.
A key element in our discovering and carrying out the ministry of God has for us is participating in a Christian small group. We urge all parishioners to join a small group for Bible study, prayer and mutual support.
Our ministries lead us outward to serve and transform the world for which Christ died. We are committed to twin expressions of compassion: evangelism and outreach. Evangelism is our personal and corporate witness to the truth of the Gospel and the accepting love of the Christian community. As a congregation we have valued sensitive, caring evangelism with those we know. Because of our congregation's growth, we must continually seek to maintain a warm, embracing church family that responds to the needs of each person who comes here.
Outreach is our many-faceted ministry of service to those in need in our community and beyond. We are committed to giving away a larger and larger portion of our church budget for work outside ourselves, with the goal of devoting at least half our church income for outreach. We also seek to be directly involved in local ministries through our volunteer efforts.
Because we know that all that we have comes from God, we are committed to returning to Him in thankfulness according to what we have received. We offer to God our time and talents for His work as we serve as His ministries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at home, at work, and at play. In our managing of money, we affirm the Biblical tithe (10% of one's income) as the standard for our giving to God for the spread of Christ's Kingdom. We do not engage in "fund-raising" to "meet the budget." Our response to God is to be a free and joyful offering of ourselves to the Lord.
At our quarterly newcomer class, we address these topics in greater detail, with opportunities for you to ask whatever questions you may have. Feel free also to contact the church office at any time.