Anglican Church of the Great Shepherd

Anglican Church of the Great Shepherd

Worshipping God In Spirit, Word, and Sacrament

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Beliefs

In our Anglican worship we say the Nicene Creed. With the words “We believe” we are saying that we come together with some specific beliefs. We do not come in spiritual ambiguity but with specific beliefs that govern all who we are and what we do. These specific beliefs come from a long history within the church. As we say the Creed, we are declaring what has always been believed by orthodox Christians. We are not re-creating church.

The words, “We believe” also declare that faith is not an isolated thing, a merely personal thing. We are declaring that as a community we believe together. We are saying that we have a faith that is common to us as a church, and with Christians around the world. Faith is not something that is really a “personal thing”, though we do personally believe, but faith is believed in a community, it comes from a community, and it is continually passed down within a community.

The Church of the Great Shepherd holds the Faith as once delivered to the saints, and as transmitted through the Church of England, especially as articulated in her Reformed heritage, and the range of her Anglican divines. Furthermore, the Church of the Great Shepherd affirms Holy Scripture as the infallible and authoritative Word of God, the three ancient creeds, commonly known as the Apostles’ Nicene, and Creed of St. Athanasius, and the dogmatic definitions of the first four ecumenical councils of the undivided Church. It also holds the following historical documents to be a part of the received Body of its doctrine: The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion in their 1801 Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America form, and The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1886-1888. The creeds, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, and the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral can be found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church, USA  (you can view the 1979 BCP and other BCPs at: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/).

We believe that The Holy Spirit operates today as He has done throughout history. Therefore we hold to the belief that the gifts (charismata), and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit are still present in the Church. While the Apostle Paul made it clear that we should not forbid speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:30), he also made it clear that worship should be done decently and in order (1 Cor. 14: 40). Both his enthusiastic endorsement of the “word” gifts (1Cor. 14:5,18) and his tight prescriptions on their use in corporate worship (1Cor. 14:13-33) should be taken seriously. The exercise of pastoral oversight will both glorify God and protect the conscience of Christian brothers and sisters (Romans 14: l-8; 1Cor. 14:26). Further, obedience to the Word demands that pastoral authorities test the “spirits” using Scripture as the guide to determine whether it is the Holy Spirit Who is acting or a demonic spirit or only a manifestation of a psychological force. (1 John 4:1). So you will see in our worship services an openness to gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit., including healing and laying on of hands.

As Anglicans we believe that we are a part of a family.  So, if you are looking for an Anglican Church in the Wheaton area to become a part of, and you do not like what you see regarding Great Shepherd, check out these other ACNA Anglican Churches in the  western suburbs who are a part of our diocese:

Hope Anglican Church in Elburn: www.hopeanglican.org

Resurrection Anglican Church in West Chicago: www.resurrection.org

St. Aidan’s Anglican Church in Oswego: www.oswegoanglican.org

 Church of the Ascension in Elmhurst: www.elmhurstanglican.com

 

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903 W. Liberty Dr. Wheaton, IL 60187 630-681-0776 Follow us on Twitter: #OfficeGreat

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