Philosophy of Ministry
We are an Anglican church. Anglican means originating in England. We are associated with the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is the third largest in the world after the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. We extend to 165 countries. As a Reformed Church we seek to recover and live out the ancient and New Testament faith of Jesus Christ. Sharing convictions with both Evangelical and Catholic believers, we are often called the Via Media or Middle Way. Our core commitment is to what the Bible says.
We believe that on the cross Jesus offered by his blood the one, full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, the propitiation that God put forth out of his great love for us (John 3:16) to be received by faith (Romans 3:25).
Genuine faith will always be expressed by love and good works (James 2:14-26). Jesus used the concepts of faith, obedience, and work interchangeably (John 3:36 and 6:29), saying also that if we love him we will keep his commandments (John 14:15 and 21). Love fulfills the law of God (Romans 13:8-10). The righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in those that walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4). As Saint James wrote, “Be not hearers of the word only, deceiving yourselves, but doers also” (1:22). We believe that on the Last Day all mankind will be judged by what we have done (Matthew 16:27, Romans 2:6-11, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and Revelation 20:11-15). Apart from Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).
We are a sacramental Church. Sacrament means the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. Scripture says, for instance, that baptism symbolizes saving faith (Ephesians 4:4-6 and 1 Peter 3:21). Likewise, in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) the words of Christ come true. He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:53-54 ESV).
We are a teaching church, believing that salvation has a beginning, middle, and end. The Holy Spirit is instrumental at each stage of spiritual formation: convicting us so that we repent and enter covenant with God through Christ; transforming our lives so that we have victory over sin and bear the moral fruit of love; empowering us for ministry through the Charismatic gifts; inspiring our worship; and preparing us to enter glory with the risen and glorified Lord.
We believe that God wants everyone to repent and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9) and that Jesus gave his life for all (1 John 2:2). We are called in the Great Commission to make disciples of all kinds of people, preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name, baptizing, and teaching them to observe all that the Lord commanded (Matthew 28:16-20 and Luke 24:47). For us that means reaching out to people in Lubbock and giving to missions through the CANA West Missionary Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. We also provide opportunities directly to participate in missions for those so led.
In summary, we are an evangelistic and liturgical church that believes in the way of the cross with a strong teaching ministry, and offering help by the gracious Holy Spirit in the areas of healing and deliverance. We accept all the spiritual gifts, expecting that everything will be done decently and in order. We reject making religion a show for money, for politics, or for personal aggrandizement.
Our services and ministries are simple and straightforward, making it easy to worship, to find a place of fellowship with Christian friends, and to meet felt needs. Jesus said that his burden was easy and his yoke was light (Matthew 11:28-30). The church provides a safe environment where we might mature in our faith and be used to advance God’s kingdom. Offering the seven historic sacraments, we believe that God works to save us through all that he created, blesses, and commands. We have a regular schedule of worship that follows the Book of Common Prayer. We pray for everybody about everything, believing that no human experience or condition is beyond God’s grace. We major in the most important thing, being a loving, sincere, and friendly fellowship of true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:35).