What We Believe
St John's Church is an evangelical parish in the Diocese of South Carolina, which is a member of the Anglican Church in North America. Our worship is both scriptural and sacramental using forms for the Book of Common Prayer. It provides prayers, scripture readings, and a frameworks for our worship life.
We ascribe to the following beliefs:
- A belief in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who has existed for all eternity in perfect love and unity. They are three persons and together, one God. As Christians, we live by the Spirit, in the Son, to the glory of God the Father.
-A belief in the Holy Scriptures as divine revelation of God, carrying the full measure of His authority, containing all things necessary to salvation, and we seek to be submitted to the Bible in all matters of faith and practice of life. Scripture is God speaking his truth to us in human words.
- A belief in the One Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, who in His person is both fully God and fully man; Perfect in Divinity & Perfect in Humanity.
-A belief in the perfect obedience of Christ, His true and actual suffering, His saving death on the cross, and His bodily resurrection and ascension as the only means given for our salvation and reconciliation with God.
-A belief in faith in Jesus Christ alone as the means of salvation.
-A belief in the consummate return of Jesus Christ in glory to judge the living and the dead. Christ has called us out of bondage into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of error into truth, out of death into eternal life.
-A belief in the historic Nicene and Apostles’ creeds of the Church as accurate representations of the essence of the Christian faith, and in the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church as a coherent and concise expression of Anglican doctrine.
-A belief that the local church is a community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.