What We Believe About Church
At the Fellowship of St. Barnabas, our members are committed to each other in worship, teaching, fellowship, and prayer, and in reaching out to the greater community of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and beyond.
We seek to express joyfully the historic and orthodox Christian faith, as expressed by the Anglican tradition in its care for beauty, mystery, and the power of good language. To learn more, please read our confession below.
We are particularly interested in becoming discerning, mature, and wise followers of Christ in the midst of a superficial age. In that way, we are not especially interested in the size of our church, in programs, or in “consumer satisfaction.” Instead, we seek to listen to God’s word and to act on it. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks,
Q: What is the chief end of human beings?
A: The chief end of human beings is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
What We Confess
- We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
- We confess baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
- We confess the godly, historic episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the body of Christ.
- We confess, as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture, the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
- Concerning the seven councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth, and seventh councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
- We receive The Book of Common Prayer, as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship. For Sunday worship and special services we use the liturgies found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. (The name gives us a little distance from the current regime.) As the Anglican Church in North America authorizes liturgies they will be incorporated into our life of worship.
- We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing fundamental principles of the authentic Anglican belief.