What do we believe?

It is not only important to know what we believe, but why we believe what we do, and from whence those beliefs come.  The Unified Old Catholic Church’s beliefs may be summed up in the three historic creeds of the Church:  The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Whilst being in the more liberal catholic tradition we maintain theological and doctrinal orthodoxy in the essentials of catholic tradition.

trinityWe believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19)

We believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God is both God (John 1:1) and man (Hebrews 2:14), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34, 35). He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3; 20:24–29), and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1–9), where he is at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Colossians 3:1). He now is our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25, 26; 1 John 2:1; Philippians 2:5–7).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, with a mission to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14) and during this age to convict men (John 16:8), regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:5–8), indwell (1 Corinthians 12: 13), guide, instruct (John 14:26), and empower the believer for godly living and service (Ephesians 5:18–21).

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, to contain and reveal all things necessary for salvation, and to be the divine authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; John 14:26; 16:12–15)

We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
We believe that Water Baptism and the Eucharist are the great sacraments instituted directly by Christ to be observed by the church (Matthew 28:19–20; 1 corinthians 11:23–26). We believe that the sacraments of Holy Orders (Acts 6:3; Titus 1:5), Marriage (Genesis 2:24), Reconciliation (James 5:16), Anointing or Unction (James 5:14), and Confirmation (Acts 9:17) are sacraments formed by tradition as sacred outgrowths of scriptural practices. Sacraments are tools to aid in our salvation.

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) to all who seek Him. (Matthew 11:28).

Beyond these basics, however, we leave it to each individual to work out the details of his or her faith in accordance with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, Tradition, Reason and Experience. We do not feel it is healthy or wise to try to compel each individual to believe exactly alike. We respect all Christians and treat them like adults who have both the responsibility and capacity to discern God’s will.

(Statement of Faith of the Order of Preachers, Independent, located Here)