Join Us In The Joy of Following Christ in "The Middle Way" (The Via Media)
We are an Ancient & Contemporary Church
We have an Anglican e·thos (noun): The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.
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He refers to the "Lewis Trilemma" (CS Lewis).
By "Anglican Ethos"
We Mean the Following:
We are connected to the ancient Church through the gift of apostolic succession ( The historic unbroken connection with Christ and His Apostles, by the “laying-on of hands”- (Acts 6:6, 1 Timothy 5:22) transferring Christ’s Apostolic authority and ministry from Jesus Himself, through His succeeding Overseers (bishops) of every proceeding generation, up until our current day ). So we are part of the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church” (the words of The Nicene Creed)
We are traveling the "Middle Road" ( The Via Media). We are a church that bridges and transcends: Catholic and Protestant, Charismatic, Evangelical, and Pentecostal.
We have a bishop who helps shepherd our church. Our bishop's historic lines of succession run through Anglican, Catholic, and other sources.
Scripture, Tradition, and Reason
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We look to Scripture, Tradition, & Reason as our sources of “authority”.
We test all teaching by sacred Scripture (The Bible).
“Tradition” is the historic teachings, understandings, norms, and practices of The Church that align with Scripture. Tradition is often found in the writings of the successors to the Apostles (Church Fathers). When Christians are divided over our understanding of Scripture- we can use tradition to gain insight.
We value the role of “God given reason” for understanding our faith. We recognize the role of the humanities, philosophy, sciences, and social sciences in understanding our faith. The renowned Christian writer and Oxford professor- CS Lewis- was an Anglican.
Scripture, Tradition, and Reason tell us that Christians of good will can disagree on non-essentials of the Christian faith . For example, tradition (attributed to Saint Augustine) teaches us "In essentials- unity, in nonessentials- liberty, and in all things- love."
We are neither “fundamentalist” nor “liberal”. We would probably be labeled as “socially traditional and theologically moderate”. None the less, we are passionate about Jesus Christ– the only Lord of history, proclaiming his Gospel, and making disciples to follow him.
We are incarnational. The Church is The Body of Christ. Therefore, we are Christ's Church– The Body of Christ, and we exist to embody and live out Christ’s ministry, mission, and presence to all people.
We are sacramental. We believe that the grace of God can be conveyed through sign and symbol: Baptism, Communion, Laying on of Hands…
We have a high view of holy Communion and, like the ancient- apostolic church, we celebrate it every Sunday.
We can naturally be casual, semi-formal, or formal. It all depends on the occasion. Weddings are usually formal, special holidays, like Christmas Eve, might be semi-formal; while our Sunday evening services are usually casual.
We have an admiration and affinity with the spirituality of the ancient Celtic Church of the British Isles.
Through The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, we are represented in GAFCON
(Global Anglican Future Conference).
Note: We are not part of The Church of England, nor are we part of the worldwide network called "The Anglican Communion".
No one needs to become an “Anglican” or be "confirmed". It is enough to be a baptized follower of Jesus to fully belong and participate in Five Streams Church.