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What Is Anglicanism?

1. It is Biblical.

We believe the Holy Bible is God's revelation about himself for us to learn and grow from. The Bible teaches us about God, his Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us about mankind's failures, called sin, and teaches us about the wonderful plan that God has for us. The fact is, the Bible teaches us that God loves us so much that he sent his only son reconcile us to him.

2.It is Apostolic.

We believe that we should follow the teachings and understanding of the Holy Bible, the church's mission, and the practices of the church as taught to us by the Apostles of Jesus. The Apostles actually knew Jesus. They walked with Jesus. They talked with Jesus. They were divinely instructed by the Holy Spirit. They taught others and selected some who had right knowledge and right heart to lead the church. This people teach others who are also selected to lead the church.

3.It is Liturgical.

Liturgical means serving God in public and communal worship. The Liturgy is the way we worship God together in a group. The importance of the liturgy is to teach the true teaching of God to our children. The liturgy prevents corruption of the true teachings of God.

4.It is Complementarian.

God made men and women in HIS image. He loves us both very much. Ladies and gentlemen are equal spiritually. Men and women are equal in dignity in Godís eyes. God gave men and women different gifts that complement each other. Men were called to serve God in different ways from women. Every action we take and every form of employment we participate in should be for the glory of God. Men are called to serve the church as deacons, priests, and bishops. Women are called to serve the church by forming good homes, teaching the young, and to occasionally serve as a deaconess.

5.It is Trinitarian.

We believe that God is three consubstantial persons. In other words, there are three divine individuals who make up the person of the one true God. There is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. These three persons are distinct, yet are one substance.

6.It is the middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

During the 15th Century, there were some corrupt priests and bishops within the Roman Catholic Church. Fr. Martin Luther observed these and wrote of them. In England, Arch Bishop Thomas Cranmer wanted to unite the English church conservatives and reformers. He studied the teachings of the early English Church, Roman Catholic Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Lutheran Church, and Calvinist Church. He attempted to correct the errors of each and maintain the early teachings of the church.

7.It is English Catholic Christianity.

The Church of England started in the First Century A.D. There are three Creeds of the Ancient and Apostolic Church we hold to be faithful to the teaching of Christ and His Undivided Church; Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed. The Church of England spread to the new colonies of America. Eighty-eight of the founding fathers were Anglicans. Famous Anglicans included George Washington, George Wythe, Stephen Hopkins, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, and Thomas Jefferson.