Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anglican Church in North America

The Anglican Church in North America is now official and we have been having wonderful days of fellowship and teaching. I have been seeing so many old friends who I have known over the years as we "shared in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel" of Jesus Christ. We are Anglicans who are charismatic. We are Anglicans who are Anglo-Catholic. We are Anglicans who are evangelical. And we are Anglicans with all kinds of variations of the above. Our focus together is sharing Jesus Christ and His transforming love and power with those in our culture who do not know Him as Lord and Savior.

We have been blessed to hear some wonderful teaching. Below are some of the quotes as I have written them down from my notes.

The Rev. David Short, Rector of St. John's, Vancouver: "The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the Great Reversal of God; repentance is our reversal to surrender to the Great Reversal."

The Rev. Rick Warren, Pastor of Sattleback Church in California.... Go watch his whole talk!! Watch it four or five times. Should be up on "A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will grow a Great Communion." "Don't pray for God to bless what we are doing; rather pray and ask God to help us do what He is blessing." "The church which doesn't want to grow is saying the world: 'You can go to hell!'" "Is there going to be anyone in heaven because of you?"

The Rev. Dr. Eric Dudley, Rector of St. Peter's, Tallahassee: "Everything you do with your body you do with the Body of Christ."

His Beattitude, Metropolitan Jonah, the Orthodox Church in America's Archbishop of All America and Canada: "Jesus Christ did not die so we could have rituals, but you have to surrender to God in the depths of your being. It takes tremendous humility." "Repentance means being transformed by the renewal of your minds." "We must eliminate immorality from ourselves and denounce it, but not in condemnation and judgementalism." "Our morality is not a legalism, but a harmonization of our will with the Divine Will." "Immorality destroys personhood; it destroys the soul."

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