At Apostles Anglican, we are learning to be a people who live and act in the peace of Jesus Christ. In the earliest days of our formation, the leaders sought to ground our community in the value of Shalom. We understand this both as the peace of God revealed in and through Christ for his people and his creation, and as an acronym for values the give our call to peaceableness grounding in a set of guiding values.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”
S H A L O M
We believe the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are the inspired word of God, containing all things necessary to salvation, pointing to Jesus as the Christ and containing the revelation by which we know Him (John 14:6). We believe it is through God’s grace that we receive forgiveness for our sins through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22-26) We believe the Scriptures to be nourishment for our souls; therefore we advocate immersion in the Scriptures for everyone, regardless of their age, growing in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that we all might live as His disciples (Ephesians 2:4-10).
We will welcome everyone into God’s church that they might be brought to maturity in Christ. Throughout the Scriptures we are commanded to receive the stranger in our midst as we would Christ Himself. We therefore strive to be a welcoming, relational Christian community. (Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 4:25-32).
We will live lives of faith, accountable to the Apostles’ teaching, as disciples in communion and covenant relationships with other saints. We expect our leaders, both lay and ordained, to imitate Christ’s example of servant-leadership (Mathew 20:26-28, Isaiah 53, Philippians 2:5-11).
We will be a House of Prayer and liturgical worshipers, doing all things in our daily lives as an act of worship to glorify our Father’s holy Name, that we might be transformed into the likeness of His Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. We therefore gather for Spirit-filled, sacramental, corporate worship to be empowered to live out our calling as children of God (John 4:23-24, Romans 8:15-17).
We will reach out to those with physical, spiritual, or emotional needs in our community and abroad. We will be about our Father’s business of caring for widows, orphans, and strangers in our land using our resources to meet needs in Jesus’ name (James 1:27).
We will live Great Commission lives (Matthew 28:18-20), in a manner worthy of Christ’s instructions, communicating the Gospel in word and deed, speaking Christian truths of the Apostles’ teaching in a language and through media that are easily understood by people of our own generation (Acts 1:8, 6:4).