Weekly SNAC, 5 August 2018 - GAFCON – A brief report
It was my great privilege to attend the GAFCON conference on your behalf in Jerusalem from 17-22 June. I thank God for your generosity in allowing me to attend and for all of you for your prayers.It was my great privilege to attend the GAFCON conference on your behalf in Jerusalem from 17-22 June. I thank God for your generosity in allowing me to attend and for all of you for your prayers.
The conference was a resounding success and culminated in a final statement or letter to the churches. You can find the full text of the letter at www.gafcon.org but here is a taste of its summary of the week:
Greetings from the land of the birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. The third Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) was held in Jerusalem in June 2018, a decade after the inaugural Gafcon in 2008. Gafcon 2018, one of the largest global Anglican gatherings, brought together 1,950 representatives from 50 countries, including 316 bishops, 669 other clergy and 965 laity. A unanimity of spirit was reflected throughout the Conference as we met with God in the presence of friends from afar. We celebrated joyful worship, engaged in small group prayer and were inspired by presentations, networks and seminars.We met together around the theme of “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations”. Each day began with common prayer and Bible exposition from Luke 22-24, followed by plenary sessions on God’s Gospel, God’s Church and God’s World.
Importantly, the letter calls on Anglicans throughout the world to re-Reform our denomination: calling on all Anglicans to return to the Bible and allow it to be the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct. I’d love to chat to you more about what went on if you are interested but here is the final paragraph of the letter:
To proclaim the gospel, we must first defend the gospel against threats from without and within. 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.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21