MISSION STATEMENT OF THE REFORMED EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Embraced by the Love of God, we are transformed into His people that we may change the world!
Our Defining Characteristics
Leadership will equip everyone for service.
Every member will use his or her gifts in Christ’s service.
We will passionate follow the living Lord.
Every structure in the Church will serve to realize the Church’s mission.
Our worship will always center on God and be characterized by excellence and joy.
We will create a church of small groups where faith and life are lived in community.
We will faithfully invite others to “come and see” Jesus.
Love will be the identifiable core of our congregation: love for God and love for one another.
“Built upon the foundation of the authoritative Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Reformed Episcopal Church sets her highest priority on biblical worship and declares her commitment to the work of evangelism, the bold and unadulterated proclamation of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:4). In keeping the faith once delivered to the saints, the Reformed Episcopal Church, however, does not believe evangelism to be the end, but rather the beginning of her divinely given vocation.”
”In addition to being evangelical, she is deeply committed to discipleship, the work of training evangelized men and women in Christian living (Matthew 28:20). When the Gospel is truly proclaimed and the mercies of God are made known, redeemed men and women must be led to offer their bodes as a living sacrifice, which is their spiritual service (Romans 12:1). Thus, the Reformed Espiscopal Church understands the Christian life to be necessarily corporate. The Gospel call of salvation is not only to a savior, but also to a visible communion (I Cor. 12:27) which, being indwelt by Christ’s Spirit, transcends both temporal and geographic bounds.”
”Therefore, the Reformed Episcopal Church is creedal, following the historic catholic faith as it was confessed by the early undivided Church in the Apostles' (A.D. 150), Nicene (A.D. 325), and Athanasian Creeds (circa A.D. 401); sacramental, practicing the divinely ordained sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as outward and visible signs of His inward and spiritual grace; liturgical, using the historic Book of Common Prayer; and episcopal, finding unity with the Church of the earliest Christian eras through submission to the government of godly bishops.”
”In this fashion, by embracing the broad base of doctrine and practice inherent in apostolic Christianity received by the Church of the English Reformation and expressed in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Reformed Episcopal Church has a foundation for effective ministry in the name of Christ to a world whish is lost and dying without Him.”
OUR CORE BELIEFS
Lancelot Andrewes, the great Anglican bishop and the primary translator of the King James Bible, defines the parameters of our Christian faith this way:
One canon reduced to writing by God himself, two testaments, three creeds, four general councils, five centuries, and the series of Fathers in that period – the centuries that is, before Constantine, and two after, determine the boundary of our faith.
We are a people of one book, the Bible, who recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within his Church, especially within the three great creeds (Nicaean, Apostle’s, and Athanasian), the first four councils of the unified Church, and the much respected writings of the early Church Fathers. Thus, we hold to what unites all Christians, one with another: one Lord, one faith, one baptism.