What we believe
St Alban's is an evangelical congregation in the Anglican tradition. As such we hold God's Word to be our guide and authority in all matters of faith, and affirm the historic creeds that were agreed upon during the first centuries of the Church: the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed.
Knowing Christ better
Our motto is 'To know Christ better, and to make Christ known'; this provides a handy summary of our calling as Christians. The Bible tells us that human beings were made to know and to love God. This is the central purpose of our lives, the thing from which everything else is meant to flow. As St. Augustine famously put it, 'You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.' But because we live in a broken world marred by sin, our capacity to do this has been blocked. Jesus came to fix that, for as He said, knowing God is 'eternal life' (John 17:3). It is through Him, and because of His death and resurrection for us, that we are now able to know God and live new lives for Him. Because of that, the best thing in all the world is knowing Jesus, learning from Him, and growing in our love for Him. Jesus Himself said that this was the 'one thing needed' (Luke 10:42). That's why we want to know Him better.
Making Christ known
The second best thing in the world is helping other people come to know Jesus — if you discover a treasure, you want to share it with others. Jesus instructed His followers to tell everyone about the Gospel (the 'good news' about Jesus), and to make followers of all nations (Matthew 28:19). It's because Christians over the centuries have been faithful to the call that we are here today, and we want to play our part now in making Christ known to others as well. This is not a burden or something that we do according to some kind of formula — Christ is alive in us, and as we walk with Christ and do His will, we pray that He will be the overflow of our lives into the lives of others. We thank God that He has placed us together in the upper mountains, and we pray that He will use us to bring more people in this area come to know and love Jesus.
If you have any questions about this or anything else about what we believe, we would love to talk with you about it. Please contact us.