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Join date : 2011-06-26
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PostSubject: My Testimony   My Testimony EmptyWed Dec 19, 2012 6:40 pm

You all know how I was on CWS always changing church's and christian camps. I went from Assembly of God to Baptist to Catholic and things in between. I was never fully at ease with my decisions even though I prayed about each one. As you seen my Avatar and Signature have a different Church in them now and they are, this is one I have been fellowshipping at for the last six months and I really feel at peace here.

The Church is the Charismatic Episcopal Church, not affiliated with the ECUSA we are an autocephalous Church started in 1992. I wrote up a post one about my new felowship and I will present it here.

we are a convergence Church. Here is the main site: http://www.iccec.org/

Here are a couple videos about the CEC


We believe:

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The ICCEC believes in the dogmatic statements of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided church, apostolic succession, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the authority of scripture, and the
validity of the charismatic revival as a genuine movement of God.

The ICCEC accepts a 66 book Old and New Testament as the Word of God, containing all things necessary to salvation. The additional deuterocanonical books may be read in public worship, but are not used
to formulate dogma or doctrine.

In 1999 the ICCEC issued The San Clemente Declaration, a statement of principles governing the CEC's communion with other Christian bodies.

The articles of the declaration are as follows:

In earnest anticipation for a future revelation of the fullness of unity of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church adheres to these articles of unity exemplified by the undivided Catholic Church during the first eleven centuries:

1. The sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the written Word of God, the chief witness to apostolic teaching, the source of the Church's nourishment and strength.

2. The Apostles Creed as the Baptismal symbol; and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.

3. The Seven Sacraments established by Christ, including: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Confession/Reconciliation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, Healing/Unction.

4. The Historic Episcopate in Apostolic Succession, the gift of Christ's authority to the Church and the trustee of the Church's fidelity to apostolic teaching.


Here is a brochure http://cecplanters.com/documents/CEC_brochure.pdf

and here is a good explanation it all:

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Possibly "the" basic tenet of the Charismatic Episcopal Church is the vision of reuniting the three primary branches or focuses or styles of the three major subsets of Christian parish or congregational life. Ours is one of only a very few movements (for lack of a better word) that is committed to being Sacramental, Evangelical, and Charismatic. Many individual congregations openly express interest in being perhaps two of these three, but rarely are all three found in a parish. Unless it happens to be a CEC parish whose rector is committed to keeping all
three streams moving together.

where the Sunday service is a liturgy with the main focal point being Communion, from the Table. Call it "The Lord's Supper", Eucharist, or Mass, it is a well-defined service with regular and occasional or seasonal components to it. There are several accepted liturgies and several variations on those. For most parishes in the CEC, it would almost seem to be a dominant stream, while for others, the Eucharistic liturgy is the framework on which our worship is pinned. I like to use the analogy of stud walls for a house. The basic frame is set, but it's flexible enough so that the celebrant can respond instantly to the Spirit's leading and then come back to the framework to continue the
service; different colored walls & windows & siding, even different wall placements, but still the same basic superstructure.

where the Sunday service is usually heavily centered on teaching and equipping. There is often still a form of liturgy in these services, but Communion takes a different focus, often monthly, quarterly, or even annually. It is not the central focus of these congregations. That focus is about being hearers and doers of the Word. And as this label
implies, many evangelical parishes are also very focused on making converts and/or disciples. Decisions for Christ, as renowned evangelist Billy Graham has come to call them. Interface with the world, expose them to the Gospel, to the Jesus that lives in you, pray that they see the need in their lives, answer their questions, pray that sinner's
prayer, get them into the Word and the Word into them, then help them become life-long disciples, equipping them to help THEM find others in need.

where the Sunday service is somewhat like the Evangelical service above, but there is a bit more of a focus on the person and the deeds of the Holy Spirit, especially in the exercise of the Gifts of the Spirit in the typical Sunday service. There is often still a heavy emphasis on teaching and preaching, but ministry through signs and wonders and the encouragement to "walk in the Spirit" in our daily lives, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in things large and small, to use His gifts through us to affect our world, even as tools for evangelism.

Enter the ICCEC, where born-again believers come together on a regular basis to share in the mysterious/mystical, real presence of Christ in the Sacramental Supper, to hear the Word, to be equipped, to operate in the Gifts of the Spirit and to receive ministry in those same gifts. It's an amazing thing, this ICCEC and convergence worship

http://zionfirefriends.com/topic/588984/1/ and here is a link with even more information http://zionfirefriends.com/topic/589080/1/

One last document gives our history:

CEC History]https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B7vOwIHWQSt0U2lfRTIxUU91b2s

It was here that I first truly learned to love The Lord in the Holy Eucharist and understood Worship is not about us but about God.

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