We are an orthodox, evangelical, liturgical, sacramental, charismatic, expression of the Body of Christ.
What Does That Mean?
SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL
As a sacramental and liturgical church we draw our present worship practice from the ancient Catholic tradition. Our worship follows the ancient pattern of proclamation and response embedded in the order of service. This ancient but modern expression of the order of service is called the liturgy. The liturgy is a form of worship which has been practiced by christians for 2000 years and draws from the ancient synagogue tradition which preceded it. There is a sense in which the form of the liturgy forms us. It forms our relationship with God, each other and the world. In essence the “form forms” and we are formed into the people of God through liturgy, through our worship. Being a liturgical church also implies that we follow the ancient liturgical calendar which organizes the year according to seasons by which we walk the faithfully through the story of God’s redemption year over year. Through the liturgical calendar we enter the story of redemption each year and are reminded what God has done for us through Jesus Christ and our call to be God bearers to the world. The Liturgical calendar is supported by the Revised Common Lectionary which prescribes scripture lessons for each Sunday to align with the themes of the seasons and tell the story of redemption in sequence. Through the liturgy, the liturgical calendar and the lectionary our worship forms us into ancient modern christian.
We are a charismatic church meaning we believe in the out pouring of the Holy Spirit as it is described in Acts chapters 2, 8, 9, 10, 19. The Holy Spirit is given to the believer in Baptism where we are spiritually regenerated in Christ. The out pouring of the Holy Spirit is an event prompted by faith, the laying on of hands and the request to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The evidence of the out pouring of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life are the gifts of the Spirit as described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 and the fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5. The gifts of the spirit are for the common good of the faithful, the building up of the church and the ushering in of God’s kingdom. The fruit of the SPirit is the transformation of our characters into a reflection of Jesus character. Through the out pouring of the Holy Spirit we are equipped by the gifts of the Spirit for ministry and empowered by the fruit of the Spirit to be true reflections of Jesus in the world. When you visit Christ Church you will see people with hands outstretched in praise in worship. Not all our people are charismatic in their faith but it is part of who we are as a community.
ORTHODOX & EVANGELICAL
Our orthodox identity centers in our adherence to the Bible as the inspired word of God as expressed in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” We subscribe without reservation to the understanding of scripture as it is expressed in the ordination rites of the BCP. “I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation.” Therefore, we submit to the authority of scripture as it has been interpreted by the Holy Spirit through the mind of the Church over the last 2000 years.
Our evangelical identity centers in Paul’s words, “And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making his appeal through us.” We understand a primary role of the church in the world is to actively, affectionately and intentionally proclaim Jesus as the Son of God and sole savior of the world. Therefore, we intentionally encourage, train and expect our people to share their stories of faith with folks in their lives particularly those who are searching, confused, lost or hostile in regards to Jesus and the salvation he offers.