A history of Incarnation by our first Vicar Fr.Davis
We desire to live out the faith that has been received and carried on by the historic Christian church throughout the centuries in ways that engage people today. This includes a commitment to the Bible as the Word of God—that it is the truth by which we order our lives. We also hold to the central place of Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God—that salvation is found in His sacrificial death and resurrection alone. Our belief is summed up in the historic statements such as the Nicene Creed and the Anglican 39 Articles. We draw from evangelical, anglo-catholic and charismatic influences, like three streams flowing together as one river in Jesus Christ. What drives us is a focus on mission, reaching out to make effective Christian disciples, seeing the Kingdom of God extend into the hearts and lives of people everywhere.
Core Values The essential marks that shape our identity and guide our actions:
Commitment to Jesus Christ: We believe salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone Who is the only begotten Son of the Living God. Through Him, all who come to Him by faith and repent of their sins, receive forgiveness through Christ’s death on the Cross are reconciled to God the Father and live in newness of life through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. This new life of faith is to be marked by a joyful obedience to Jesus Christ, to God’s Word and to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 16:15-16; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 5:22-25).
Authority of Scripture: We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their entirety is God’s Word, and is the standard by which we are to order our lives, express our faith and function as a community (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Evangelism: We believe that we are to live our lives, to make disciples and to grow the our church in a manner that expresses the loving and longing heart of God for those who are separated from Jesus Christ and His Church (Matthew 9:12-13; Luke 15; I Timothy 4:1-5).
Relational Ministry: We are committed to ministry being accomplished in relationships which express the love, intimacy, and unity of God as revealed in the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are committed to holding ourselves accountable before God and to one another. (John 13:34; 1 John 4:11-21).
Worship: We are committed to worship in Word and Sacrament, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our worship—in glorifying God—is to be authentic and relevant to our cultural setting while remaining within the breadth of our Anglican Tradition (John 4:23-24; I Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 17:22-24).
Servant Ministry: We believe that every Christian is created for ministry, gifted for ministry and needed for ministry. We are, therefore, committed to equip, empower and release the faithful to use their spiritual gifts to glorify God and to build up the Body of Christ (Romans 12; I Corinthians 12-13).
Sacrificial Giving: We believe that we are to be generous with our time, talents and money as we share with those in need, support the work of God among us, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ (I John 3:17-18; Ezra 2:68-69; Acts 2:44-47).
Biblical Leadership: We are committed to identifying and training emerging leaders who are committed to Christ and to reaching their generation with the Gospel. This will require of those seeking leadership an authentic faith, Godly character, and a servant’s heart (Luke 22:27; Romans 12; I Corinthians 12-13).
Expectant Prayer: We believe that nothing of significance happens in God’s Kingdom in the absence of prayer. Therefore, we seek to make prayer a priority—inviting God to lead, restore, heal and transform our lives, our churches, our communities and the world (John 14:15-31; Luke 11:1-13).
The Sacraments: There are two chief Sacraments of the Gospel: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist. These have been instituted by Christ directly. The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.