What is Anglicanism?

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One, Holy, Catholic, & Apostolic

The Anglican Communion refers to those churches across the globe who trace their history back through the Church of England. The Church in England has roots back to the first century. Anglicans translated the Bible into English, developed a strong missionary culture, worshiped in the common language, and formed a Prayer Book that synthesized the Bible and established Tradition. Anglicans have been instrumental in the Church since the earliest centuries, the Reformation, the great awakenings, global networks, and the charismatic renewal. Being Anglican is to be classically and historically Christian.

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Evangelical (Scripture)

You must be born-again. Jesus was clear when He said it to Nicodemus that night. Nicodemus had told Him that he and the other leaders knew that Jesus was sent by God because of the miracles. It is not enough to know that Jesus was sent from God. It is not enough to know the facts about Jesus.

Faith is essentially three things:

(1) Assent: we are to know the facts and give mental assent to them. In the pages of the Bible we find the God-inspired accounts from those people who knew Jesus.

(2) Trust: we are to trust Him personally on the basis of the facts. The call of the Gospel is not only to know the details, but to believe that they are true. The details are rooted in Jesus. The Gospel calls “all people everywhere to repent,” and “believe the Gospel,” (Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15).

(3) Spiritual Sense: we are alert/awake to the spiritual realities around us. Jesus continually admonished His disciples to “stay awake,” and to “watch,” (Mark 13:37). He continually says, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” (Matt. 11:15; Rev. 2:7, 17, 29).

Being Evangelical calls to attention that each person needs to cultivate a personal conversion to Christ - to truly love the Lord with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength.

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Charismatic (Spirit)

“Behold, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you. Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from high,” Jesus said (Lk. 24:49). Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to endue His Church with power. The book of Acts and the Church all throughout history has continued walking in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

The wind of God energized the people of God to do the work of God. It is the expectation of Jesus that each believer wait in his own upper room for power from on high. Being Charismatic means the full yielding up of our being to the immediate Presence of the Spirit. His nearness presses in upon the believer, sanctifying, healing, delivering, calling, and restoring. His glory rushes through the bones like fire, burning to be loosed in prophetic utterance. His river gushes up from the inside, bubbling out in tongues. His paintings break in upon eyes gifted to see visions and hearts to dream dreams. His energy sends tremors through hands that heal and drive out demons.

 

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Catholic (Sacrament)

‘Sacrament’ is from the Greek New Testament’s “mysterion."  'Sacrament’ captures the essence of Baptism and Eucharist (the two Gospel sacraments) because these are more than just rites to be observed. Baptism is union with Jesus’ death and resurrection. Eucharist is the continual feeding from the Tree of Life. A sacrament is a visible sign, or rite, with certain words and actions that assure the Church of God's promised grace signified by the rite.

When a person receives one of the sacraments, she really receives not only the visible sign - water in baptism or oil in anointing - but also the invisible grace that is represented. In the same way that the human person is both body and soul, so a sacrament is both visible and invisible. Receiving the visible is to also receive the invisible.