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About Transformation Anglican Church

 
WELCOME
BECOMING A FOLLOWER OF JESUS
WHO WE ARE
OUR VISION
WHAT ARE OUR CORE VALUES?
WHAT IS AN ANGLICAN?
 

WELCOME

MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

Redemption through Faith,

Inspiration with Hope,

Transformation in Love

Welcome to Transformation Anglican Church.
Life is hectic in the 21st century. It is our hope that when you visit us you will experience the peace that comes when we enter the presence of the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ.
We believe the most important thing God is doing in the world today is building His kingdom here on earth through His church. Our values are rooted in the ancient while building for the future:
Scripture:
The Bible is the Living Word of God, offering us the words of life.
Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is active in our lives, transforming us to be like Jesus.
Sacraments:
In joyful worship with Holy Communion we receive
Jesus who “was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Luke 24:35

It is our prayer that you will come to know Jesus, being redeemed through faith, inspired with hope and transformed in love.


Pastor Don McLane

BECOMING A FOLLOWER OF JESUS

Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, asked a profound question when interrogating Jesus, “What is Truth?” Today many people question whether there is truth and if so, can we know it. We testify that there is! We have been drawn to the truth. And, the Truth is a person, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And He, the Truth, has come into the world to set us free!
Free from what? From everything that makes our lives less than what He created us for. Free from myths and falsehoods that lead us astray. And critically important, He sets us free from our own sin (thoughts, words and deeds that are short of God’s holiness) and its consequence, death! One of the tragic lies that humans believe is that we have nothing to be set free from. And so we rationalize that we are “good enough” in our own right to inherit eternal life. Here are six truths that can set you free:
1. Heaven (Eternal Life) is a gift
a. It is not earned or deserved by anything we do. Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8,9
2. Everyone has sinned and consequently is separated from God and eternal life.
a. Even one unholy thought, word or action alienates us from God. Rom 3:23
3. God loves the whole world.
a. But love demands justice so He cannot leave the guilty unpunished. Ex 34:7
b. But God is merciful and wishes that none would perish! John 3:16; 1 Pet 3:9
4. Jesus, God the Son, has purchased the gift of eternal life for us. Mark 10:45; Rev 5:9
a. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin for us. Isa 53:6; Rom 4:25
5. We must receive His gift to benefit from it.
a. We receive the gift by faith which is believing or trusting in Him. John 3:16; Eph 2:8
b. He promises that if we believe in him, then we have eternal life! John 6:47
c. His gift brings the fullness of life we were created for. John 10:10

If you want the assurance of eternal life, put your trust in Jesus! If you want to truly know what the meaning, purpose and direction of life is, then you must come to know Jesus and His Word. If you want to experience true joy, even in the midst of sorrow, contentment no matter your circumstance, peace that passes understanding, love overflowing, the security of eternal life, then you need to draw close to Jesus. Jesus says that “whoever comes to me, I will never drive away.” John 6:37

We invite you to pray this Prayer of Commitment:

Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I have sinned against you. I thank you for dying on the cross to pay for my sins. I put my trust in what you did for me and accept you as my Savior and Lord! I accept the free gift of eternal and abundant life that comes from you alone. From this time forth, please work in my life so that I might experience the fullness of the freedom that only the Truth can bring. Amen!

WHO WE ARE

Three Streams: The Scripture…the Sacred …the Spirit

In the course of Church history, three major “branches” have developed which incorporate a particular emphasis of belief, teaching and worship. The Anglican Mission believes that each of these traditions represents an essential element of Christian faith, worship, life and ministry. We refer to these elements using a descriptive short-hand: the Scripture, the Sacred and the Spirit, envisioning them as three streams flowing from one river – Jesus Christ and His Gospel imperatives. We believe the three streams together provide a balanced blend of the Christian faith as taught in the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. The Scripture, the Sacred and the Spirit are exemplified in our discipleship, worship, congregational life and outreach.

The Scripture

Our focus on Scripture mirrors the “evangelical” tradition within Christianity that emphasizes the authority of Scripture, the proclamation of the Gospel, the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, evangelism and outreach/missions. The Anglican Mission believes and upholds eternal truths revealed by God through His Son and His Word. We recognize Scripture as the final authority in matters of faith and practice and proclaim Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God, believing that salvation is found in His sacrificial death and Resurrection alone, which we attain by grace through faith in Him.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

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The Sacred
Anglican Mission embraces the sacred nature of the historic faith and sacramental life of the Church – God has set the Church apart as holy. Sometimes termed the “catholic” tradition, we understand the sacred as embodying that which has been taught and believed within the one holy catholic apostolic church throughout the centuries, as expressed in the Creeds and 39 Articles of Religion. Liturgy (forms of worship) and our sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Eucharist) are rooted in the earliest Christian church and express these truths.


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The Spirit
We celebrate the power of God’s Spirit at work in the Church and the world, a focus often associated with the “charismatic” tradition. The Anglican Mission believes God’s Spirit was poured out at Pentecost and continues to move in a mighty way by demonstrating His presence through powerful acts and the transformation of believers. We believe the Spirit of God guides, instructs and equips believers for works of service.

“ I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

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One River
Together, the three streams of the Scripture, the Spirit and the Sacred define the core values that shape our identity and guide the expressions of our faith – our words, our actions and our worship. We are committed to extending the kingdom of God through evangelism by the power of the Holy Spirit through calling people into a saving relationship with Christ and making disciples who make disciples. We build congregations through relational ministry that express the love, intimacy and unity of God as revealed in the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We desire to hold ourselves accountable before God and to one another within the one holy catholic and apostolic Church and our Anglican polity. We are also committed to discipleship, servant ministry and Biblical leadership; our ministry is supported through sacrificial giving and under girded with expectant prayer. We believe that nothing of significance happens in God’s Kingdom in the absence of prayer. Therefore, seeking God is a priority – inviting Him to lead, restore, heal and transform our lives, our churches, our communities and the world.

OUR VISION

REDEMPTION THROUGH FAITH,
INSPIRATION WITH HOPE,
TRANSFORMATION IN LOVE


We believe the most important thing God is doing in the world today
is building His kingdom here on earth through His church. Our values
are rooted in the ancient while building for the future:

WHAT ARE OUR CORE VALUES?

  • Worshiping in the power of the Holy Spirit

  • Teaching and preaching the Bible as fully inspired by God

  • Living out authentic biblical community in small groups

  • Spreading the Gospel through missions and outreach

  • Building strong children and student ministries

Commitment to Jesus Christ
We believe that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone Who is the only begotten Son of the Living God. Through Him, all who come to Him by faith and repent of their sins, receive forgiveness through Christ's death on the Cross, find their hope in His bodily resurrection from the dead, and live in newness of life though the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. This new life of faith is to be marked by a joyful obedience of Jesus Christ, to God's Word and to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Authority of Scripture
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their entirety is God's Word, contains all things necessary to salvation and is the standard by which we are to order our lives, express our faith and function as a community.

Discipleship
We are committed to identifying and equipping leaders who are committed to Jesus Christ and to reaching others with the Gospel. This will require of those seeking leadership an authentic faith, Godly character, and a servant's heart.

Expectant Prayer
We believe that nothing of significance happens in God's Kingdom in the absence of prayer. Therefore, we seek to make prayer a priority-inviting God to lead, restore, heal and transform our lives, our churches, our communities and the world.

Worship
We are committed to worship in Word and Sacrament in Spirit and in Truth within the breadth of our Anglican Tradition.

Evangelism
We believe that we are to live our lives, to make disciples and to grow the church in a manner that expresses the loving and longing heart of God for those who are separated from Jesus Christ and His Church.

Holy Community
We are committed to ministry being accomplished in relationships which express the love, intimacy and unity of God as revealed in the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are committed to holding ourselves accountable before God and to one another.

Servant Ministry
We believe that every Christian is created for ministry, gifted for ministry and needed for ministry. We are, therefore, committed to equip empower, release and support the faithful to use their spiritual gifts to glorify God and to build up the Body of Christ.

Sacrificial Giving
We believe that we are to be generous with our time, talents and money as we share with those in need, support the work of God among us, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

WHAT IS AN ANGLICAN?

As Anglicans, we are part of a global communion of churches established over the centuries by the Church of England. As British Anglicans took their faith around the world, churches were established on every continent that shared the faith and practices of the Church of England – a tradition which preserves the very best of ancient early church worship while incorporating the sound doctrines that emerged from the Protestant Reformation.

British pastoral leaders encouraged autonomy and collegiality with these daughter movements, and over time, 39 separate “provinces” of the Anglican Church were established around the world. Today these provinces function in a voluntary communion based around common beliefs and practices. The leaders of each province, called archbishops, gather periodically to discuss the work of the church and to resolve issues that may arise.
Anglicans have always sought to worship God faithfully with living forms of worship. Therefore, our services and liturgies mirror the worship of the ancient apostolic church while incorporating the common language and culture of the communities in which they are practiced. Furthermore, Anglicans incorporate both ancient sacramental practices as well as visual symbols to celebrate the certainty of our faith and the mysteries of God. Together, sacrament, symbol and word, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, connect our senses with our minds and hearts. Anglican worship is a unique milieu for capturing the imagination of a culture that has been immersed in the images of the media and internet.

In order to remain true to the teachings of Christ and the Apostles, Anglicans have historically upheld the Holy Scriptures as God’s Word, have held to the summary of evangelical beliefs known as the Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith and have accepted the three great Christian creeds, the Apostles’, the Nicene and the Athanasian, as the fundamental statements of the Christian faith. We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as commanded by Jesus and we uphold the historic order of Bishops, Presbyters and Deacons in the administration of the church’s life and mission.

Today the worldwide Anglican Communion is experiencing both tremendous stress and tremendous renewal. The stress comes as some provinces depart from historic Anglican faith and practices and from the orthodox understanding of the Holy Scriptures. On the other hand, the renewal comes from the explosive growth of the gospel through Anglican churches and missions in many locations, particularly the “2/3 world.” (For example, there are more than 15 million Anglicans in Nigeria -- more than all Anglicans in the United States!)

 
 
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