OUR BELIEFS

The Sacraments

The sacraments are outward visible signs of God’s grace.

  However, they do not replace OUR FAITH in Jesus Christ as essential to our salvation.

 

BAPTISM is the first sacrament which starts our spiritual life in Jesus Christ through membership in His Church.  (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16)

 

THE EUCHARIST (HOLY COMMUNION) is the remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper. We believe through faith that after the consecration prayers, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of our Savior. (Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16)

 

RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) is a continuous event in the life of the Christian where one admits our sins and hears God’s forgiveness and biblical counsel for improvement. General reconciliation is part of the Mass, however special counseling/private confession is available from the pastor upon request.  (2 Corinthians 5:17-20, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9)

 

CONFIRMATION is the sacrament through which a person confirms the affirmations made by parents and sponsors during baptism. Through the Holy Spirit, we learn how to enter into an intimate relationship with Jesus by the use of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit.  (John 14:25-26)

 

HOLY MATRIMONY is the celebration through which a couple are united as one flesh and blessed as husband and wife in the same intimacy and union as Christ and the Church.  (Genesis 2:24-25, Matthew 19:5-6, Ephesians 5:22-33)

 

HOLY UNCTION (ANOINTING OF THE SICK). It is through this sacrament that one can be healed physically, but most certainly spiritually by faith through a deeper focus on the love of our Lord. It brings comfort, solace and peace in times of extreme duress, sorrow, illness or when a person is close to death (James 5:14-15)

 

HOLY ORDERS (ORDINATION) is the sacrament through which a person is consecrated for the service of the faithful. Apostolic succession, which traces the lines of consecration of a bishop back to the Apostles, is maintained in this church.  (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:6-9, Acts 6:6, Ephesians 4:11-13)

​OTHER ITEMS OF OUR FAITH

 

THE BIBLE is the inspired and inerrant word of God. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

 

FAITH is the only way to understand and receive our salvation. (Eph 2:8-9)

 

THE TRINITY is the description of ONE God in THREE Persons, God the Father who is attributed with creation, God the Son who is our redeemer, and God the Holy Spirit who is the life of the Church. (Mt 28:19)

 

THE CREEDS are statements of fundamental Christian beliefs known as the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds.  These explain our faith in plain, simple, and uncomplicated manners.  We recite the Nicene Creed at our Eucharistic celebrations (the Mass).

 

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS are basic guides for living sound moral lives in our relationships with God and our neighbors.  These are fulfilled by Jesus’ commandment to love one another as He loved us. (Mt 22:37-40)

 

THE CHURCH is the body of believers in Jesus Christ, Christ being the head of the Church. The Independent Old Catholic Church is a branch of the one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:19-22; 5:23-24)

 

SIN is any unloving act against God’s creation that separates us from God. Confessing our sin brings God’s forgiveness by our faith in Christ’s death on the cross accomplished 2,000 years ago. (1 Jn 1:9)

 

SATAN is the accuser of mankind who lies, cheats, kills, steals, and destroys through confusion of the truth.  He is a defeated being who has as much power over our will as we allow him to have.  God’s infinite love for us allows us free will choice between His love and Satan's lies. (Jn 8:32)

 

SALVATION is the redemption from eternal punishment, to an eternal life of glory with God, not by our works, but by our faith in the grace of God through the atoning death of Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8-9)

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