WHAT WE BELIEVE
St. James famously and boldly said that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). Said another way, the best way to know what people believe is to look at what they do, and St. David's is no different. The best way to understand what we believe is to join us for worship, see what we do, and discover your place here with us. If you have never visited St. David’s before, we invite you to worship with us this Sunday. For now, here is a summary of what we believe as Christians in the Anglican tradition:
The Bible: We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the revealed Word of God and contain everything necessary for salvation.
The Creeds: We believe that the Nicene Creed is a sufficient statement of what Christians believe, highlighting the triune nature of God, Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the new creation God is bringing to pass through “the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
The Sacraments: The Sacraments stand at the heart of our weekly worship and our life in Christ—in particular the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist (sometimes called the Mass or Holy Communion). Richard Hooker, a priest from the sixteenth century, summed it up like this: Baptism begins our life in Jesus, and the Eucharist continues that new life. We baptize people of all ages and invite all baptized persons to share the Eucharist with us.
The Episcopacy: Being "episcopal" means that we are governed by Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. These offices date back to the New Testament, and unite us to the Body of Christ in all time and space—both to Christians around the world today, and to the teaching, practice, and witness of the God's people down through history.
Want to learn more? Take a look at the Catechism, a summary of our faith found in the Book of Common Prayer.