We affirm the truth of God as Trinity of Persons and Unity of Being as it is revealed in Holy Scripture, taught by the early Fathers of the Church, proclaimed by Patrick and fervently embraced by the pagan Celts to whom Patrick preached.
We affirm the goodness of God’s creation by His original intent, that creation remains fundamentally good and beloved by the Creator, and that though by our rebellion creation was “subjected to futility” (Rom. 8:20) and suffered decay, the creation is yet itself in hope of release through our redemption (Rom. 8:21). We affirm with the ancient prayer, the Lorica, that creation is our strong ally in the battle against forces of spiritual evil.
We affirm that the first humans rebelled and broke relationship with God, which rebellion then twisted and marred our relationship with ourselves, with one another and with the whole creation, that this condition of broken relationship – which we call Sin – is universal and beyond our power to heal, and that without God’s intervention both the human race and this earth is without hope.
The Holy Scriptures
We affirm that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the very Word of God; that this Word is the ultimate authority in faith and doctrine, that the Tradition of the Church is historical living out of the Word by the Body of Christ under the guiding of the Holy Spirit, yet still subject to that Word; and that human reason, enlightened by the Holy Spirit and under subjection to the Word and Sacred Tradition is the primary means of applying that Word in our world.
We affirm that God intervened in human history, the Second Person of the Trinity setting aside His glory (Phil 2:7) took on human flesh by being born of the Virgin Mary; that he lived among as one completely human; that He demonstrated God’s love through mighty works empowered by the Holy Spirit; that He freely gave His life on the Cross as a substitution for us and ransom for Sin; that He was physically raised from death by the Father and now reigns as Lord over all; that He will return to this world at its consummation.
Life in the Spirit
We affirm that the Holy Spirit who came in power upon the Church at Pentecost still works in the Body of Christ today, bringing new life to all who put their whole trust in the sacrifice of Christ, working still in signs and wonders to accompany the proclamation of the Word of God.