What Is Anglicanism?

 

 
 
What Is Anglicanism?

Nine simple words orient us to the Anglican Way of following Jesus, God's Son and our Saviour.
Ancient Anglicanism is Christian, and therefore the Author and Perfecter of our faith is Jesus Christ. But humanly speaking, the Gospel came by missionaries to the British Isles almost 1900 years ago. The Anglican Way comes in unbroken succession from that first bringing of the Gospel.
Worldwide From the British Isles the Anglican Way has spread around the globe and has been embraced by many races, languages and people groups. There are over 70 million Anglicans worldwide - Canadians make up less than 1% of all Anglicans!
Orthodox The Anglican Way involves accepting as true the great foundational creeds (Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian) and definitions (Chalcedonian) of Christianity.
Reformed The Anglican Way was profoundly shaped by the Reformation. The English Reformers accepted the best teaching of the classic European reformers such as Calvin, Luther and Zwingli, while maintaining the features of Catholic life that were in harmony with the Bible.
Biblical The Bible is God's Word written. It is to be the basis of doctrine, worship and spirituality. We are to "read, mark, learn and inwardly digest it" in order to grow.
Liturgical The Anglican Way involves corporate worship that is liturgical. Ancient and contemporary prayers and forms guide us as we worship together.
This provides a healthy balance of scripture, preaching, repentance, prayer, singing and communion.
Personal Each person on the Anglican Way is to come to saving faith, trusting Jesus as Saviour and following Him as Lord. We are to grow in our surrender to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We are to practice classic and contemporary Christ-honouring spiritual disciplines. We share the Gospel with others in the hope that they too will become followers of Jesus.
Freedom The Anglican Way values freedom. We are free to get involved in the Christian community at our own pace. Free to read widely. Free to worship in both liturgical and unstructured ways. Free to use our gifts and talents to serve others to the glory of God.
Great The Anglican Way is a great way to grow into a confident, joyful disciple of Jesus Christ. It is the way followed by John Donne, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, J.I. Packer and John Stott. We invite you to join us!

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