letter to the churches

Text & Commentary

by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll


The Global Anglican Future Conference of June 2018 “Letter to the Churches” is a bold call to proclaim God’s Gospel, reform God’s Church, and reach out to God’s world. The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, who served as Convener of the Statement Group, has published the complete text of the Letter with his section-by-section Commentary along with insights into how it was produced, edited and joyfully approved by the entire Assembly at Jerusalem.

From “Letter to the Churches” —

Over the past twenty years, we have seen the hand of God leading us toward a reordering of the Anglican Communion. Gafcon has claimed from the beginning: “We are not leaving the Anglican Communion; we are the majority of the Anglican Communion seeking to remain faithful to our Anglican heritage.”

We testify to the extraordinary blessings on this conference, which leads us to call upon God even more, that the Anglican Communion may become a mighty instrument in the hand of God for the salvation of the world. We invite all faithful Anglicans to join us in this great enterprise of proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations.

At the third Global Anglican Future Conference in June 2018, almost 2,000 delegates from around the world gathered to worship God, to hear inspirational teaching and testimony and to chart the way forward for biblical Anglicanism. The Letter to the Churches was the Conference statement that summed up the hopes of those gathered for the global Anglican future.

The Letter to the Churches has three main sections: “Proclaiming God’s Gospel,” “Reforming God’s Church,” and “Reaching Out to the God’s World.” Each section is rooted in Scripture and the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Each section engages the great challenges facing Christians today from within an without the Christian community, including threats to the uniqueness of Christ, to God’s creation of men and women in his image, and to the authority of the Bible.

Stephen Noll’s Commentary seeks to interpret the text of the Letter to the Churches faithfully, drawing implications and applications for confessing Anglicans within the Anglican Communion. In particular, he explains what the Letter means by “reordering the Communion” and “Questions for Canterbury.”

Excerpt from the Commentary on Letter to the Churches:

Gafcon believes that it has a historic vocation to reform, restore and reorder the Anglican Communion, as was said at the first council in Jerusalem: “And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, “After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen…” (Acts 15:15-16)

Also available, see Dr. Noll’s The Global Anglican Communion: Contending for Anglicanism 1993-2018 in hard copy or Kindle editions at Amazon.

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