Anglican Network in Canada
“Biblicaly Faithful, Gospel Sharing, Globally Uniting”
Vision: Building Biblically Faithful, Gospel Sharing Anglican Chuches.
Celebration Church, Barrie is affiliated with the Anglican Network in Canada ( http://www.anglicannetwork.ca/who.htm), which in turn is linked to the Anglican Church in North America. The senior Bishop in Canada is Rt. Rev. Charlie Masters who is based in Burlington.. While we have Anglican roots, we are informal in our style and it is our vision to be a worshiping community of people from ALL backgrounds who are learning to follow Jesus.
There are currently 72 Congregations and church plants in the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) – some small, some large. Among these are the largest Anglican church in Canada, St John’s Vancouver, and the largest Chinese Anglican parish in Canada, the Good Shepherd Vancouver.
Over 180 clergy – including six bishops – are licenced by ANiC and are members of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
ANiC parishes and clergy are under the episcopal authority of Bishop Charlie Masters, who is part of the House of Bishops led by Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America (based in Atlanta).
ANiC traces its roots to the “Anglican Essentials” movement and the Essentials’ founding theological statement, the 1994 Montreal Declaration, which defined the “essentials” of the Anglican expression of the Christian faith. In 2005, the Anglican Network in Canada was established. Adherence to a Biblical standard of human sexuality was one issue that was being debated. In this regard it is our conviction that God designed human sexuality not only for procreation but also for the joyful expression of love, honour, and fidelity between wife and husband. These are the only sexual relations that biblical theology deems good and holy. Adultery, fornication, and homosexual unions are intimacies contrary to God’s design. The church must seek to minister healing and wholeness to those who are sexually scarred, or who struggle with ongoing sexual temptations, as most people do. Homophobia and all forms of sexual hypocrisy and abuse are evils against which Christians must ever be on their guard. The church may not lower God’s standards of sexual morality for any of its members, but must
honour God by upholding these standards tenaciously in face of society’s departures from them. Congregations must seek to meet the particular needs for friendship and community that single persons have. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:21-24; Matthew 5:27-32; 19:3-12; Luke 7:36-50; John 8:1-11; Romans 1:21-28; 3:22-24; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 13-16; 7:7; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; 3:2-4, 12.) Regarding the church and homosexuality the following video clip by Ravi Zacharis is quite insightful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIw6ngIqaD0
Our Core Beliefs:
- The supreme authority of the teaching of Holy Scripture.
- The triune nature of the one God, and the personal divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The sinfulness of each and every person and the universal need of salvation through Jesus.
- The sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection and ascension, heavenly reign and future return in glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The essential realities of salvation encompassing the forgiveness of sins through justification, regeneration and adoption into the Father’s family, union and communion with Jesus Christ and the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the practice of holiness, moral transformation into the image of Christ, and the future resurrection of the body for a life of bliss.
- The preaching of the Word of God, the fellowship of the church, the ministry of the sacraments, and personal prayer – as the principal means of God’s grace.
- The empowering of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. The fruit of the Holy Spirit effects transformation in the believer; the gifts of the Holy Spirit enable service and ministry (including healing, prophecy, tongues, etc).