Living the Gospel of Christ
Adopted by The Vestry of Saint James on April 19, 2016
Saint James Church is a parish in the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. Our Vision is to “Love God. Love People. Build Community.” We are committed to our Mission, “Proclaiming the Grace of God in Jesus Christ.”
As the Vestry and People of Saint James Church in the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina, we ascribe to the following as our core doctrine:
We believe Christians are called beyond mere membership to the lifelong journey of discipleship, learning to faithfully live what God has revealed about us. (Matthew 7:24-29, Mark 8:34-36, Galatians 5:22)
We believe all people are created in the image of God, who wonderfully and immutably creates each person as genetically male or female. These two distinct complementary genders reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is in conflict with this created-ness and is inconsistent with our beliefs.
In the Church, we believe marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony, a single, exclusive, lifelong union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:1-9). This signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, reconciling and re-uniting two complements. God’s good intention for us is that sexual intimacy is to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4.) For the blessing and protection of the bond of marriage, our families, and particularly our children, God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as His covenant relationship between a man and a woman, the Parish (like the Diocese) will only recognize and solemnize a marriage that is between a man and a woman. Further, the clergy and staff of the Parish (like the Diocese) shall only serve in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. The facilities and property of the Parish (like the Diocese) shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Diocese.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible is the trustworthy Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of humankind. For purposes of the Parish’s and the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Bishop is the final interpretive authority on matters of doctrine and their application.
In order to preserve the function and integrity of the Parish as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Parish’s members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Parish (like the Diocese) in any capacity, or who serve as leaders, agree to abide by this Statement of Faith. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22.)
We are committed to biblical and classical Anglican Christianity. We celebrate and stand for the unchanging truth of the gospel as centered in the grace of Jesus Christ, in the gift of biblical revelation, and the moral vision expressed in historic, Anglican Christianity.
Saint James Church is part of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina.