Statement of Belief

Statement of what we believe as Anglicans in the Anglican Church in North America.

We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the

Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following

seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way.

We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of

God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and

unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.

We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in

the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the

elements ordained by Him.

We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice,

and therefore as connected to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.

We confess as proved by Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in

the three universal creeds: The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed.

Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four

Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as

they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.

We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together

with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and,

with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.

We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical

sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time,

and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.

In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to

hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship

of Christ.

“The Anglican Communion,” Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher wrote, “has no peculiar thought,

practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic

Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic

constitution of Christ’s Church from the beginning.” It may teach as necessary for salvation

nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God’s Word written or may be proved

thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils

of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church

has no authority to innovate. It is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or

reformation, to return to “the faith once delivered to the saints.”

To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of

being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled. (From the ACNA)