What We Believe
By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone
Church of the Resurrection (the Parish) is an Anglican congregation in the Diocese of South Carolina. As a community of faith, we exist to glorify the Triune God and to labor that all people might be reconciled to Him through the transforming power of the risen Christ. As the Vestry of Church of the Resurrection in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, we ascribe to the following as our core doctrine:
We believe Christians are called beyond mere church 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 (Gen. 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 (Gen 2:18-25; Mark 10:1-9). This covenanted relationship 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 have entered into this marriage covenant. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 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 marriage (as previously defined as being between a man and a woman);
Because God is the one who has ordained and ordered marriage according to His good purposes, the Parish will only recognize and solemnize a marriage that is between a man and a woman. The facilities and property of the Parish 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; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 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 Parish.
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, in faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the 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 both parishioners and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Parish in any capacity, or who serve as leaders, agree to abide by this Statement of Faith. (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22.);
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.