St. John's is a Christian, Anglican and Evangelical church.
What does that mean?
We're Christian, so we're part of the worldwide Christian family. We delight and trust God the Father through his Son Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. This means we love the historic statements of faith (creeds) of the worldwide church. One of the central ones of these is called the Apostles' Creed, which goes like this:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
We're Anglican, so we're also part of that stream of the church that seeks to live out the lessons of the Reformation – a great period of turmoil and also of recovering of the essentials of the Christian faith. The historic beliefs of Anglicanism are set out in the 39 Articles you can find in the Book of Common Prayer. You can find a modern translation of these if you go to Downloads on the right side of this page and click the words '39 Articles'.
We're Evangelical, so we gladly affirm the summary of the Christian gospel that is shared with Evangelical Christians in many other denominations, and is summarised in the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Alliance:
We believe in
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
- The incarnation of God's eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.