What We Believe
All Saints Church is a community of followers of Jesus Christ who seek to honor and glorify God and to participate with him in building his kingdom in Chapel Hill, Durham, and beyond.
Our mission is to know and love Jesus Christ and to make him known by our words and deeds of love, truth, and service to those who do not already have an authentic connection with Christ or his church.
Our Essential Beliefs
We believe that God is One, and that he exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, existing eternally as the Trinity. God is a relational being, and the chief calling of all human beings is to know him personally and to worship and glorify him forever. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19)
We believe that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord. We are called to be his followers. It is by grace, through faith in him, that we are forgiven of our sins, reconciled with God, and given eternal life. The Gospel of Christ is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes. (Colossians 1:15-16; Titus 3:4-7; Philippians 2:10-11; Ephesians 1: 22-23, 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:1-2)
Through the Gospel we continually learn of:
- The love of the Father. The Father initiated redemption out of his love, mercy, and grace. The Christian life is nourished and sustained forever by this same love, mercy, and grace of God.
- The cross of the Son. We are reconciled to God by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
- The presence and power of the Spirit. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we are born into God’s family and become his children in character and deed.
- The calling of God. God calls us to become followers of Christ, and as we follow that call, he transforms us so that we reflect his character and do his will.
We believe in the inspiration, authority, and eternal relevance of the Scripture as the word of God and in its essential place in the transformation of our hearts and minds. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 40:8)
Our Essential Commitments
We are committed to personal spiritual growth and transformation into the image of Christ.
- It is God who transforms us, but we are active participants in the process of bringing every aspect of our lives under the grace and truth that is found in Christ. (Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 4:22-24; Ephesians 5:1-2)
- Prayer is absolutely essential to our relationship with God, our spiritual life, our ministry, and our service to the world for the sake of Christ. (Zechariah 4:6; Philippians 4:6-7; James 5: 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We are committed to glorifying and proclaiming Christ, to serving his purposes, and to participating in the growth of his kingdom in our community, region, and world. (Matthew 6:33; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Timothy 1:17)
- Sharing the Gospel with our community and world involves words and deeds, set in the context of authentic Christian lives of humility and hope. We are committed to serving and blessing our community and world with truth, grace, mercy, justice, and love. (Matthew 28:19; James 2:17; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:35-46; Acts 1:8)
- Sharing the Gospel with our community and world means that we partner with other people, churches, and ministries who share our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and the work of his kingdom. (Philippians 1:3-4, 2:1-3)
- Representing God well to our community and world requires that we be good and godly stewards of creation and of the resources God has given us as individuals and as a church. (Genesis 1:31; Acts 2:45; 1 Timothy 6:18)
We are committed to growing, serving and being transformed through actively participating in Christian community. (John 13: 34-35; 1 Peter 1:22–2:3, 4:8-11; Ephesians 4:1-6)
- Christian community involves the radical transformation of human relationships through God’s grace and power. We are committed to being a community of grace and truth. (Ephesians 4:25–5:2; 1 Peter 1:22–2:3)
- Christian community involves serving one another within the body of Christ, using our diverse spiritual gifts, talents, and resources to minister to one another and to help one another grow in Christ. We are committed to serving one another. (Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:7)
- Christian community includes spiritual leaders who serve, equip, empower, and lead the entire church into effective ministry. We are committed to servant leadership. (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Acts 20:28)
- Christian community involves building up and supporting both men and women as having been created fully and uniquely in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Ephesians 5:22–6:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
We are committed to worshipping and growing as an evangelical, Anglican church. (Ephesians 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 14:40; Hebrews 13:7)
- Our theology is built on the Bible, the historic creeds of the Christian church (the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, and Chalcedonian Creed), and the interpretation of key doctrines as reflected in the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church.
- Our public worship is rooted in the creative adaptation of the worship forms embodied in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.