On Sunday, June 6, Bishop John Guernsey is coming to Restoration to confirm, receive, and reaffirm people in our congregation. You might be wondering what Confirmation and Reception are all about, why it is helpful, and what is required to go through Confirmation. Sign up here!
What are Confirmation and Reception?
The Anglican Church requires a public and personal profession of the Faith from every adult believer in Jesus Christ. Confirmation or Reception by a Bishop is its liturgical expression. Confirmation is clearly grounded in Scripture: the Apostles prayed for, and laid their hands on those who had already been baptized (2 Timothy 1:6-7; Acts 8:14-17; 19:6).
“Confirmation” is for those who are making a mature (adult) affirmation of their faith in Jesus Christ for the first time in a service of public worship of any Christian denomination. Perhaps you were confirmed as an infant. Being confirmed is an opportunity to receive prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life and ministry as a Christian.
“Reception” or “being received” is for those who have previously made a mature (adult) affirmation of their faith in Jesus Christ in another Christian denomination and who are now being received into the Anglican Church. Reception is not limited to those who come from the Roman Catholic or other churches with the historic episcopate, because the bishop will lay hands on those being received.
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