Archbishop Beach Addresses Lutheran Convocation

Grace and peace to you in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, it is my joy and privilege to bring you greetings on behalf of the College of Bishops, the clergy, and the laity of the Anglican Church in North America.

In this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I have to confess it is really good to be with Lutherans! Especially Lutherans who believe the Bible and attempt to practice its teaching!

Thank you, Bishop John, for your invitation and your hospitality over these days. I am deeply grateful.

The Anglican Church in North America and the North America Lutheran Church have been having ecumenical discussions and fellowship for a number of years now, and we partner in various ways to further of the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I personally appreciate your clear stand on the moral teaching of the Bible. It seems that God has called us to live in a generation when too many Church leaders have thrown away Biblical morality for the sake of cultural relativity. Even leaders from our various traditions, who wear the same name as we do, Lutheran and Anglican, have abandoned the teaching of the Bible.

A virus of immorality, has spread to the leadership of the Church and become accepted as “Christian.” It is nothing more, than pagan morality, dressed up and Christianized, with inclusive language and politically correct verbiage. We have become too feeling-oriented in the Church. Yes, we are to love, but we’ve become afraid to tell people of their sin. This is not love at all, it is deception (And you know where deception comes from).

Because we refuse to tell people God’s truth, refuse to reveal to people God’s holy expectations, in the name of love, we are deceiving people into thinking that “living in sin” is ok with the Almighty. It is not. Thank you, for your clear stand for Biblical Morality.  We in the Anglican Church in North America stand with you.

Secondly, I want to thank you for your emphasis on discipleship. Jesus said to his disciples: “GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always.” This is called the Great Commission. Sadly, for too many in our pews and chairs, it is the Great Omission. This is what we are called to be about – making disciples. Jesus ends this commission by saying “Lo, I am with you always.” As we make disciples, He promises to be us. This ought to immediately motivate us – so Jesus will be with us. He says to “Go” literally. Isn’t this what a commission does?  It gives you something to do.  As you go, make disciples.

We must get out of our churches and go. We must get out of our homes and go. We must get out from in front of the television, and go. We must get out from in front of our computer screens, and go! As you go, make disciples.
Did he say go and make new members? Did he say go and lead beautiful worship services? Did he say go and build buildings?

All those things are great, but not if we are aren’t doing what he asked us to do. As you go, make disciples.  Make disciples of all nations.  Make disciples of all people. Not just our kind. Not just people who look like us. Not just people who share our values. Make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.

We aren’t to just get people to pray a special prayer, and then get them wet in baptism, we are to teach them. Teach them what Jesus taught. Teach them what His Word says. Teach them how to follow Jesus in a world which hates him. As you go, make disciples, of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all that I commanded you, and I will be with you always.

What a joy to know that you have a vision of discipleship! We are excited about our partnership with you in these Gospel endeavors. Together, we can impact North America, for generations to come!

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, and the blessing of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you all forever more. Amen.

 

New Addition to Communications Team

Rachel was a delegate to the Anglican Church in North America’s Inaugural Assembly in 2009, and since that time has also served as a delegate to Provincial Council, Gafcon (Nairobi), and the Global South (Cairo). For the last 10 months Rachel has been working overseas for the International Justice Mission (IJM) combatting the online sexual exploitation of children.

“I am thrilled to join the provincial staff. It is a privilege and great joy! I love the Anglican Church. I love her people. The Lord is moving mightily in our Church, and I am looking forward to serving her in this capacity,“ Thebeau said.

The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross, Canon for Communications and Media Relations commented, “The Anglican Church in North America is blessed to have some really talented people, and we had a strong group of candidates apply for this position.  I’m delighted that Rachel is coming on board.  She has a servant’s heart, a diverse skill set, and a love for Anglicanism both in North America and globally.”

The Anglican Church in North America is built upon the principle of subsidiarity, which in practical terms includes the recognition that most of the ministry of the Church takes place through individuals, congregations, and grassroots networks.  Part of the work of the Provincial communications team is sharing with the whole Church the best of what is being developed locally.

Canon Gross is excited about the future: “From a communications standpoint, we are just scratching the surface of what is possible. The province continues to grow, and with it the sheer volume of information coming from our task forces and various grassroots initiatives has increased exponentially. Rachel will be working with me to help share these resources. It will require a coordinated effort between members, staff, volunteers, and freelancers.  It is an exciting time to be an Anglican in North America.” 

Please keep Rachel in your prayers as she finishes up her work with IJM and begins her new role with the Province.

The Matthew 25 Gathering Grows

Archbishop Foley Beach, will be at the event to teach and encourage the group as they share the love of Christ with the last, the least, and the lost.The M25 Gathering, the second in as many years, is a learning community of workers, leaders, ministers, and practitioners who are actively engaged in justice and mercy ministries in North America.

The M25 Gathering is a pastoral companion ministry to the Matthew 25 Initiative within the Anglican Church in North America. Begun as a vision of Archbishop Beach, M25 is a kick-starter ministry that equips parishes and congregation to begin works of mercy and ministry in their own community in the name of Jesus.  Seeded by a million dollar matching fund grant, M25 churches apply for funding from the Anglican Church in North America and then raise their own match to the funds that are granted.  Since its founding, over $2 million dollars has been granted, raised, and placed into active ministry.

Recent awards from the Anglican Church in North America include 30 new ministries that are being started across the US and Canada.  New ministries that were awarded grants are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the full event.

Organizers have also added a ‘field-trip’ to some of the ministries that are meeting human needs on the Mexican border-town of Nogales, Arizona.  Details for this day trip are being made available to all attendees upon registration.  Dr. Soong Chan-Rah of North Park University will not be attending as was previously announced. 

For more information on Matthew 25 go to: www.matthew25i.org