Gafcon aims to “make disciples of all nations and to build up the church on the foundation of biblical truth". The energy that drove the formation of Gafcon in 2008 came from a protest of righteous anger against injustice and wrongdoing, and against a lie originating in human philosophy infiltrating and endangering the church. The Jerusalem Statement, of which the Declaration forms the main part, talks about the crisis facing world Anglicanism.
The raising of the dead is a demonstration of a principle or pattern by which God operates in and through his people in a sinful world under judgement. God wants us to trust him for a turnaround in our circumstances and those we are praying for, practical as well as spiritual: something of the final glorious salvation of the future coming through to the present.
The greatest, most important miracle in history is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The truth claims and credibility of Christianity down the ages, as well as the personal faith of millions in a risen Saviour, depend on the fact that Jesus really died, was buried, his tomb sealed and guarded securely, but then by God’s power, broke free, and was seen, heard and touched physically by hundreds of people
“Difficulties are going to come…we must go through a time of weeping and seeking the Lord…we have an apostolic commission to take the gospel to the world…the gospel is not just a statement, it is God’s promises of what has happened and what will happen for the salvation of the world…”
Sing…because the days are evil. Standing firmly on God’s word, we can turn to praise and thanksgiving with music, rejoicing in our fellowship with brothers and sisters around the world who are pursuing the wisdom of God’s revealed will and praising him, even in difficult circumstances.
Turning back to the source of life. A saying famously attributed to GK Chesterton, says that when people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything.
The writers of Scripture, like the news editors of today, tell the story of the human condition honestly. There is joy, beauty, love and much else to be thankful for. But there is also pain – we are in a messed-up world. Some have concluded that there is no God, and we must look to ourselves and human ingenuity and power to solve the problems; others turn to a myriad of deities and idols. But for thousands of years the faithful have cried out to their creator: “Please come and help us! Bring change! Get rid of our enemies – the things that cause us pain! Make things better!”
Conversion is a central, and treasured, part of the Christian gospel. What Augustine of Hippo realised in that garden in Milan was this: human beings are not designed or intended to be centred on self but centred on God. “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you”, he later wrote. True humanity is found not by looking inwards but by looking upwards; not from following your heart but following the Son of God. Jesus’ mission was and is to “convert” us from the former to the latter.
For Western Christians, the call to “go into all the world and make disciples” is still relevant, and the comparatively few who hear and act on this should continue to be encouraged in what God has put on their heart. But now the situation has changed. We in the West can no longer see ourselves as the senior partners in world mission. As the spiritual situation in the West deteriorates, a plea is going out to the materially under-resourced but spiritually rich global south church: “come over to Macedonia and help us”.
Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. But what if we don’t know the past, or only those stories which those who control the culture choose to tell us about, to reinforce their preferred narratives? It is ironic that we live in an age where information about almost everything in our past is available at the touch of a button to almost everyone in our society, and yet so many have little knowledge of the most important foundation, Christian faith.

by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian

Beginning with his opening statement to the Governing Body, Cameron’s claim that the bill to permit the blessing of same-sex marriages is not a ‘a sell out to the secular spirit of the age’ goes against the historical evidence... many Western Christians have become seduced by the thinking of the world around them and have sought for apologetic reasons to develop a reading of the Bible and an understanding of Christian sexual ethics that is in line with it.

“…and then the end will come”: How looking forward to our ultimate future brings encouragement in confusing times.

As he walked with his disciples in Jerusalem, Jesus used their amazement at the vast scale of Herod’s temple building to teach them about the puniness of human endeavour in comparison with the power of God in control of a world which seems out of control. He gave them a concise summary of what would happen during the next 2000+ years: wars, natural disasters, false religion and persecution of God’s people, but also, salvation, and his return:

REFORMATION ANGLICAN WORSHIP: Experiencing Grace, Expressing Gratitude

by Michael P. Jensen

Crossway, 190pages
Reviewed by David Virtue, VirtueOnline:

How can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Acts 8:4

Faithful Christians need to be faithful and flexible in their attitude to what the bible calls ‘the world’. On one hand: positive engagement, with pastoral and evangelistic concern, and creative contributions. On the other: cautious differentiation, challenge of wrong thinking and action, and even preparedness for persecution.
Living in harmony and unity as brothers and sisters in Christ is not an optional extra but something that the Lord desires for his church. And yet, paradoxically, faithfulness to the gospel causes division with those who have a different ‘gospel’. Gafcon follows the the bible in celebrating unity and diversity, in the vision of different peoples and cultures united in worship of the Lamb, shared vision to make him known, and thinking on key issues shaped by the Scriptures.

Gafcon GBE commends theologian Martin Davie’s clear summary and critique of the Living in Love and Faith resources, currently being discussed in the Church of England.

The cross is the means by which Jesus achieved salvation for us; it is also our pattern for death to self and service of others. A reflection on John 12 reminds us that the death of Jesus was unique and necessary to produce the fruit of spiritual harvest among the nations. Today God works through a cross-centred church: humble, committed to sacrificial service, lifting up Christ.

The Book of Joel begins with a pandemic: there have been successive invasions of locusts which have destroyed the Agrarian economy of ancient Israel. Joel regards this ‘natural’ disaster as a judgement on the nation. As in the Old, so in the New Testament, the importance of corporate repentance is held together with need for a personal response.
When faced with a problem, we often look for a strong personality to lead us and protect our way of life. Who is the one who will rescue the contemporary church from secularism? Perhaps we are looking in the wrong place. It’s not a person (apart from Christ himself). Rather, it’s a vision, such as the one articulated by the Gafcon movement which guards the future for global, faithful Anglican life and witness.