The Church and its Mission

You do not need me to tell you that the faithfulness and integrity our beloved Anglican Communion been assaulted on a scale that would have been unimaginable even a generation ago, but I believe I do see being worked out the truth of our Lord’s words ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). The boldness with which a false gospel has been promoted in the Anglican Communion has, to borrow a phrase once used by my good friend Archbishop Peter Jensen, awoken the sleeping giant of Anglican orthodoxy.

The main manifestation of that awakening is the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans which was launched at the first GAFCON in Jerusalem five years ago and has proved that it is a movement which is here to stay following the outstanding success of GAFCON 2013 held a few weeks ago in Nairobi. I count it a great privilege to have been called to be Chairman of this movement and its Primates Council, and I believe that GAFCON and its Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans is of great relevance to our topic this evening. Confessing Anglicans are uniquely placed to articulate a biblical theology of Anglican mission for the twenty first century for two reasons:

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This lecture was delivered at The Ridley Institute, a confessionally Anglican School of Theology at St. Andrew's in Mount Pleasant, S.C. In the Diocese of the Carolinas (ACNA).

The video of the Archbishop's talk can be found here

The text is also at Ridley Institute website

Posted November 15, 2013