Christ Church Walkley's pastor, Pete Jackson, tells us about his upcoming trip to Jerusalem...
Soon, I will be travelling to take part in the third Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem. While there will be opportunities for me to share once I return, I’d love our whole church family to join together in praying for the conference while I am away.
GAFCON is the global movement of which Christ Church Walkley is a part. It brings together many bible-believing Anglicans from around the world in the fellowship we share in the Lord Jesus Christ and in his mission to the nations. The context for its formation and work over the last ten years has been the challenges to the authority of the bible in the West and the growth of biblical Christianity in many other parts of the world. Over 2000 delegates are expected at the conference, coming together from around the world for teaching, worship, discussion and prayer.
There are lots of reasons to be glad that we are a part of this global movement of God, but underlying many of them is the fact that we need each other. We need the challenging witness and call to faithfulness from our brothers and sisters in Africa, many of whom have recent memory of serious suffering for the gospel. We need the testimony and wisdom of those who have already faced challenges familiar to our own in North America and Canada. We need to have our eyes lifted from our own local situations to see what God is doing around the world.
If you want to read more about the history and the foundation of GAFCON you can read the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration which is part of our church’s doctrinal basis, or you can take a look at the GAFCON website.