what we believe

The Garden Church holds to essential Orthodox Christian beliefs as best expressed in the historic creeds of our faith: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Evangelical Statement of Faith. We believe that orthodoxy (“right thinking”) must be coupled with orthopraxy (“right practice”). Believing in the right way is just as important as believing the right things. We are to be both adherents and practitioners of the Gospel.

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
 begotten of the Father before all worlds;
 God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God;
 begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
 Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;
 and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
 He suffered and was buried; 
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; 
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; 
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
 whose kingdom shall have no end. 
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; 
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
 who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
 who spoke by the prophets. 
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
 Amen.

 

The Evangelical Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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