Our Roots in the Common Historical Christian Church
The Apostle Paul taught that there is “one Body and one Spirit … one Hope … one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). From this and other similar passages in the Scriptures (e.g. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13), we understand that there is one great Church that spans over generations and nations though it manifests itself in particular local churches in various times and places.
Our church has a catholic character, which does not refer to Roman Catholicism (a particular denomination) but refers to the universal generality or commonality of the one holy Church of our Lord Jesus Christ as the earliest Christians would have understood the term to mean. Our commitment to catholicity means we recognize that the Church of our Lord and Savior is not restricted to any particular church, denomination, or tradition.
Alongside the characteristic of catholicity, our church also has an apostolic character, which refers to the historical spiritual pedigree of the Church’s continuing teachings and authority. Our commitment to apostolicity means we recognize and seek to remain true to the continuity of the Church’s spiritual, institutional, and creedal identity through all of her history from the time of Christ and his Apostles. Therefore, we heartily acknowledge “one holy catholic and apostolic church” along with our forefathers in the Faith.