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What We Believe

We believe and trust in one God, Father Son and Holy Spirit

At the heart of our faith is the belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians believe that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus reveals to us that God is our Father, and that God is available to us through the Holy Spirit.

You will never be asked if you completely understand all this, because it can be difficult to understand at times. But you are asked whether you believe and trust. This is called faith. It is a different sort of knowledge. It is the knowledge of being known and loved, and of loving in return.

The Christian faith is not a human invention. There are signs of God’s existence and handiwork in creation for anyone to read ( Acts 14.15–17 ). But we believe in the way we do because God has come to seek us out and has made himself known to us.

Archbishop Justin Welby explains

The most important decision any person can ever make is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. It’s the best thing anyone can do.

When someone becomes a follower of Jesus they are baptized. (Or, if they have already been baptized, they will confirm for themselves the promises made at their baptism during the confirmation service). During this service a series of questions will be asked – in most respects the questions asked today are the same as those new Christians were asked in the earliest days of the Church.

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess together the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?

Everyone answers with either a simple “I believe and trust in him”, or by reciting the three parts of the Apostles' Creed , one of the most ancient summaries of the Christian faith.

Being a Christian means responding to Jesus’ invitation to enjoy a relationship with God here on earth and for eternity.

14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16 (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus).17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

From the earliest days of the Church, Christians developed simple summaries of their faith. The Apostles' Creed was thought to include the essential teaching of Jesus' earliest followers, the twelve apostles. It was into this faith of the apostles that Christians are baptised.

The Apostles' Creed is a summary of what the Church teaches, and what Christians believe, rather than a detailed statement of what each individual believes personally. The Creed binds Christians together as a community, across different traditions and practices.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.