What is Anglicanism?

Church of the Apostles is part of the Anglican Communion which totals over 80 million people worldwide. With origins in the English Reformation, but roots that can be traced to the early Church, Anglicans are a unique blend of several great traditions of Christianity.

The word Anglican actually means “of England.” As British Christians, compelled by the word of God and the Holy Spirit, took their faith around the world during the colonial period, churches were established on every continent and in many nations. British pastoral leaders urged autonomy and collegiality with these daughter churches and, over time, separate provinces of the Anglican Church were established around the world. Most of these provinces correspond geographically to particular nations.

Anglican History

During the Reformation, the leaders who founded the Anglican Church were deeply committed to making the Scriptures available to all, ministering to people in languages they could understand, and uniting the church’s form of worship through a common liturgy. While dynastic concerns motivated Henry VIII to seek dissolution of religious and political ties with Rome, English theological scholars and Our reformational heritage has bestowed on us a tradition that is centered in the Gospel and immersed in the Scriptures. Anglican theology is summarized in the 39 Articles of Religion(link) while Anglican spirituality can be seen and experienced through the The Book of Common Prayer. (link)Today, versions of the Book of Common Prayer are used here at Church of the Apostles and in Anglican worship services around the world.

Anglican Distinctives

There are many wonderful churches that make up the Body of Christ throughout the world. Although Anglicanism is part of the Great Tradition of Christianity and has much in common with other Christian practices, it finds its distinct expression in four key ways. These four essential elements, outlined in the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, are the Nicene Creed, the Word of God, the two Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, and the historic Episcopate. (Bishops)

Although there are many expressions of Anglicanism throughout the world, Apostles is distinct from certain Anglican bodies in the West due to several key theological differences. At Apostles, we adhere to a historic, orthodox interpretation of the Christian faith.

Church of the Apostles and The Anglican Church of North America

The Anglican Church in North America unites more than 100,000 Anglicans in the United States and Canada with a shared commitment to “Reaching North America with the Transforming Love of Jesus Christ.”

Anglican Christians are part of a worldwide communion uniting millions of people in more than 160 countries. Anglicanism melds the rich history and traditions of both catholic and protestant Christianity. Anglican congregations bring together vibrant faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to the trustworthiness and authority of Scripture, the beauty of liturgical worship, and an expectation of the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.

The Anglican Church of North America

Anglican Christians believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that accepting Him as Savior is the only way to abundant life in the present age and the age to come.

Anglican Christians are evangelical (a word meaning of the good news) Christians. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it has unique authority in our lives. As Biblically-faithful Anglicans, our churches teach the whole Bible and how it applies to our daily lives. We believe that God’s love for the whole world, expressed in Jesus Christ, is Good News that we are called to share with everyone.

Anglican Christians are catholic (a word that means universal, not Roman Catholic) Christians. We are part of a worldwide church of more than 80 million people that grew out of the Church of England. We are united to each other and to the broader Christian tradition by a shared way of worship, church order, and the celebration and sharing of the Biblical sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

Anglican Christians are charismatic (a word that means gifted, referring to the gift and gifts of the Holy Spirit) Christians. We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in believers, enabling, teaching, healing, and calling us to love our neighbors and change the world.

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