What is Anglican


Who are these Anglicans?

By Trey Laymen


Every local congregation provides an environment where in one may grow in Christ, being matured by Word and Sacrament, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Anglican congregations are networked for the purpose of building God’s effective reign on earth. We follow Jesus in a distinctively Anglican way.  
The worldwide Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian Church, with about 80 million members globally. The vast majority — including the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)–believe the historic apostolic faith given to us by Jesus Christ himself. Anglicanism is where you would arrive were you to travel all the way back in time to believe what the early church always believed. Very sadly, however, there are some who claim to be Anglicans who do not believe the historic apostolic faith.
Think of the Anglican Church as a container of the Christian truth to be passed along from generation to generation. It’s a place for you if you seek “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints,” and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
The twin pillars of Anglicanism are the reliability and authority of Holy Scripture, and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ; that Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He is the Son of God and God the Son.
The Ancient liturgical worship of Anglicans is a blessed combination of reverence, praise, joy, and the sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ himself. You can see what Anglicans believe from what they pray; our Book of  Common Prayer is nothing more than the Bible organized for worship.
Some think of Anglicanism as middle ground between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Not really so. Anglicanism has always been part of the historic and universal catholic Church. It is true that it was reformed by the English Reformers, such as Thomas Cranmer, and influenced by Luther and Calvin who also sought to recover the faith of the early Church. Anglicanism is not technically a “denomination” as it can trace its roots to the early Christian Church. The Church has been in England since it was a Roman Colony; the Church of England took its form in the Great Reformation of the 16th Century, the Roman connection being broken by King Henry VII, eventually spreading Anglicanism around the globe to birth the Anglican Communion.
If anything Anglicanism is authentic: “Worthy of acceptance as conforming to the original, so as to reproduce essential features. Made or done the same way as the original.” Not many denominations can quite claim that. They’ve taken away or added something to Christian doctrine since the early Church.
The Congregation that has made this bookmark available to you is a member of the Diocese of  Western Anglicans, which is a substantial partner in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

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