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Commentary on GAFCON's "Letter to the Churches"

Commentary on GAFCON's "Letter to the Churches"

By David W. Virtue, DD
October 17, 2018

The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) held in Jerusalem June 2018, produced a "Letter to the Churches" by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll. It is a bold call to proclaim God's Gospel, reform God's Church, and reach out to God's world.

The author of The Global Anglican Communion and Convener of the GAFCON Statement Group has published and made available the complete text of the Letter to the Churches, with section-by-section commentary and insights into how it was produced, edited, and approved so joyfully by the entire Assembly in Jerusalem.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, who served as Convener of the Statement Group, offers commentary on the Letter to the Churches, section by section, along with insights into how it was produced, edited, and approved joyfully by the entire Assembly.

At this, the third Global Anglican Future Conference, nearly 2,000 delegates from around the world gathered to worship God, to hear inspirational teaching and testimony, and to chart the way forward for biblical Anglicanism. The Letter to the Churches was the Conference statement that summed up the hopes of those gathered for the global Anglican future.

The Letter to the Churches has three main sections: "Proclaiming God's Gospel," "Reforming God's Church," and "Reaching Out to the God's World." Each section is rooted in Scripture and the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Each section engages the great challenges facing Christians today from within and without the Christian community, including threats to the uniqueness of Christ, to God's creation of men and women in his image, and to the authority of the Bible.

Stephen Noll's Commentary seeks to interpret the text of the Letter to the Churches faithfully, drawing implications and applications for confessing Anglicans within the Anglican Communion. In particular, he explains what the Letter means by "reordering the Communion" and "Questions for Canterbury."
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