Our Distinctive Emphases: The Three Streams
Christianity is often described as a River of Life flowing down through the centuries. Over the last two thousand years, that River has grown wider and deeper as it has been fed by streams or tributaries merging fresh new perspectives with time honored practices.
These tributaries are thus vital to the health of the River for without them the River is in constant danger of growing stagnant, or worse, drying up altogether. There are many such streams which over the years have contributed to the life of the Church. At Christ the King Anglican Church we emphasize three of them.
The Sacraments: Jesus told his followers to initiate two rituals which would serve to (1) identify us as His disciples and (2) remember what He did for us on the cross. We call these rituals sacraments. They are sacred rites which we perform on a regular basis in obedience to and in remembrance of Jesus. The first is Water Baptism when a person is initiated into the Christian faith. And the Second is the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) when we celebrate with thanksgiving that our sins are forgiven through the death of Jesus. At Christ the King, we offer Holy Communion to all baptized believers each time we gather in worship. In this way, we seek to honor our Lord’s command, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
The Scriptures: We hold the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. Everything we need to know about God and how we should live is written in the Bible. That’s why at Christ the King we read large portions of the Bible each time we gather in worship. We also offer many small groups which meet weekly to study the Bible. No other book speaks to the needs of our daily lives and it alone is the source of all authority for how we live and what we do.
The Spirit: Jesus told His disciples that when He departed He would not leave them alone. He promised to give them His precious Holy Spirit. And this He did when He breathed on them in the Upper Room and later when He poured out His Spirit at Pentecost. We believe that as followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in us and works through us. Without the Spirit we can do nothing of real or lasting significance for the Kingdom. All our human efforts are of the flesh. But with the Spirit – living in us and flowing through us – we become more and more like Jesus both in character and actions. At Christ the King we encourage every Christian to pray for a continual filling of the Holy Spirit evidenced by both His fruit and His gifts.