PREACHING AND TEACHING AT ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH ARISES FROM THE FOLLOWING AFFIRMATIONS:
The mystery of the Holy Trinity, namely, that the one God exists eternally in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit: and has so revealed Himself to us in Holy Scripture.
The Lord Jesus Christ
The full deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, who by reason of His birth of the Virgin Mary, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, and triumphant reign, is the only mediator between God and man.
The trustworthiness of the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as "God's Word written", which contain all things necessary for salvation, teach God's will for His world, and have supreme authority for faith and life of believers and the continual renewal and reform of the Church; the resulting convictions that human life is to be valued from conception to natural death and that sexual intimacy belongs exclusively within the bonds of heterosexual marriage.
The justification of repenting and believing sinners as God's gracious act of declaring them righteous on the ground of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and rose again for us: and sanctification as the gracious continuing activity of the Holy Spirit in justified believers, perfecting their repentance, nurturing the new life implanted within them, transforming them into Christ's image, and enabling them to do good works in the world.
The Church as the body of Christ, whose members belong to the new humanity, and are called to live in the world in the power of the Spirit, worshiping God, confessing His truth, proclaiming Christ, supporting one another in love, and giving themselves in sacrificial service to those in need.
Gifts and Ministry
The calling of all Christians to exercise their God-given gifts in ministry, and to work, witness and suffer for Christ; the particular calling of ordained ministers who, by preaching, teaching, leading worship and providing pastoral care, equip God's people for His service, and help them grow toward Christian maturity; the historic orders of bishops, priests and deacons as bearing visible witness to the unity God desires for his Church.
The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as "visible words" which proclaim the Gospel, and are means of grace by which faith is quickened and strengthened. In particular, the significance of the Lord's Supper as a communion in the Body of Christ, who offers Himself to us in this sacrament, so that by faith we may feed on Him in our hearts and offer ourselves to Him in gratitude for our salvation. Also, the openness of the Lord's Table as the place where all baptized believers, being one in Christ, are free to celebrate their common salvation in Him, and to express their common devotion to His person and His service.
The Return of Christ
The personal return in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of this age to raise the dead (some to life, some to condemnation) for the glorification of His church, and the renewal of the whole creation.
|All Saints Anglican Church, 2751 E. Galloway Street Springfield, MO 65804|
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