500 years ago, the faithfulness and tenacity of the reformers ensured that the message of the gospel was made clear and available to ordinary people. We are beneficiaries of their efforts.
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you...
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:1-3
As we have received the great gift of the reformers’ work, please join us in passing it on to the growing church in other parts of the world.
In the last 100 years, the church in Africa has grown from fewer than 10 million Christians, to more than 500 million today. There are more than 550 million Christians in Latin America. Churches in both continents are still growing rapidly. But many church pastors have little or no theological training, and many parts of the church have been lured by the promises of the prosperity gospel or distort the gospel message by combining it with traditional practices.
On this 500th anniversary please consider making a gift to equip the growing church in Africa, Latin America and around the world, by ensuring that pastors have access to good theological training. Gifts can also be made to Anglican Aid’s community leadership development projects that train church leaders in the developing world to effectively deliver crucial activities, including social services, development programs and humanitarian aid. In this way, we can be part of passing on the gospel message that we have received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
In Christ’s love,
Archbishop of Sydney