REACH SA – our denomination

reach-favico Emmanuel Church is a Bible-based, gospel-preaching, Reformed Evangelical Anglican, Church. We are a member church of Reach South Africa, also known as the Church of England in South Africa (CESA).

  1. We are a Word centred church. The Bible occupies the primary place of authority in our denomination. This is expressed in our motto: ‘God’s word above all things’.
  2. We are an Evangelical church. Holy Scripture carries the final word, not “the church” nor any human institution. God works by His Holy Spirit through His Word to bring us to Christ and keep us in Christ.
  3. We are a Protestant church. We believe in the right of every believer to read, understand and obey the Scriptures. We hold to the priesthood of all believers.
  4. We are a Reformed church. We stand in the shadow of the great Reformers and hold to the heart cry of the Reformation: “By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone and to the glory of God alone.”
  5. We are a Missional church. We believe in the Great Commission. Jesus is the only way of salvation for the world. Therefore, we are Evangelistic and Missionary in our outlook.
  6. We are a Confessional church. The Church of England is a church that uses confessions of faith to express our beliefs according to the teaching of the Bible.
  7. We are a Covenantal church. We understand Scripture to teach God’s one single saving covenant with His people begun with Abraham. This covenantal theology finds expression in our church practice, most notably in infant baptism.
  8. We are an Episcopal church. We see Bishops, Presbyters and Deacons as a part of a church government structure that is agreeable to Scripture.
  9. We are a Liturgical church. We value and use set liturgy (confession, prayer, praise) in public services.
  10. We are an Anglican Church. The 39 Articles and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer are the touchstone of genuine Anglicanism. We hold unswervingly to those foundations. It follows that we consider how this works out in practice.

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