WHAT WE BELIEVE AT SOUTH RIDING CHURCH
We believe Jesus Christ is the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, and he alone is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. We affirm the divine and human nature of Jesus Christ as declared by the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, 451 A.D.
We believe that all people apart from God are disconnected from Him, from the high hopes he has for each one of us, and from the life of purpose and significance that Jesus promised as “abundant living” (John 10:10), which begins in this life and will never end!
We affirm the good news that Jesus Christ alone—his death on the cross, His rising from the dead bodily, and our whole trust in his grace and love—is the only way to reconnect us with God and his purposes for us (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). For that reason, the mission of South Riding Church is Connecting Neighbors to Christ and each other through the Power of the Holy Spirit!
We believe the heart of the Catholic faith (i.e. that which has been believed by all Christians, at all places, and at all times) is worship of one God in Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit-- and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the substance, as set forth in the Creed of St. Athanasius.
We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We believe that it contains all things necessary for salvation. Since the Bible is our ultimate rule and standard, we believe that all discussion about God, his purposes for our life, and what it means to live our lives as Jesus would begins with God’s revelation in Holy Scripture, and in nothing less.
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. A church that is not a missionary church is contradicting itself and quenching the Spirit.
We believe the Holy Spirit equips every believer with spiritual gifts for the extension of God’s Kingdom, according to Holy Scripture. We can and should expect the Holy Spirit to continue to bear witness to the sovereignty and love of Jesus Christ in power to all people through signs, wonders and miracles today.
We believe we should share God’s concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression—spiritual, physical, emotional, economic, political and social. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, color, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited.
We believe that the 39 Articles of Religion of the Anglican Church (as well as the aforementioned Creeds and Councils) form a sufficient theological covenant defining membership in the Anglican Communion, including ours, now and in the future.