Presentation on theme: "I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with."— Presentation transcript:
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift – Ephesians 4:1-7 (NRSV)
As Scripture says, Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Romans 10:11-13 (NIV)
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise. -- Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV)
Inclusive of all people groups: Male/Female Jew/Greek Slave/Free All people…
Dont judge someone because they sin differently than you
Tolerant of others Engage them Share with them Work with them Love them Even if they hate us
You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and unrighteous.
If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Dont even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Dont even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete. -- Matthew 5:43-48 (Common English Version)
We affirm the Oneness of God
God is uncompromisingly one. For Christians to affirm Gods triunity is not to deny Gods unity. In the first Christian centuries, all the intense and intricate debates about the Trinity were carried on precisely because the church fathers refused to compromise on the unity of God. -- Miroslav Volf Yale Divinity School
Shema Israel! YHWH Elohim, YHWH echad! -- Deuteronomy 4:6 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one
Gods Only-ness Not different gods for different times and places. Not different gods for different needs and purposes One God and only one God
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Then God said, Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. -- Genesis 1:26-27 (NRSV)
I and the Father are one. -- John 10:30 (NIV)
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you foreverthe Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. -- John 14:16-18 (NIV)
Theophany - is an explicit appearance of God to a person
Moses said to God, Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, What is his name? Then what shall I tell them? God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you Exodus 3:13-14 NIV
I will be who I will be!
Theophanies Genesis 32 – as a man who wrestled with Jacob. Exodus 13 – as a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to the Israelites in the wilderness Exodus 34 – as a cloud on Mt. Sinai with Moses Isaiah 6 – seated on a throne to the prophet Isaiah Luke 3 – as a dove descending upon Jesus Acts 9 – as a light that blinded Paul on the road to Damascus
First Century Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit. Born of the Virgin Mary.
Nicene Creed – AD325 I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified.
G.K. Chesterton What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to asserthimself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubtthe Divine Reason
Godly humility I am not the center; truth is the center and I submit to the truth and go where it leads. I am not LORD; God is LORD. I don't tell God how many faiths are acceptable to him; he tells me. I don't define the foundation of the unity of the Spirit; God does. I dont decide on the Oneness of our Creator – He does. He decides the way of salvation
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Gloria Patria Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost As it was in the beginning Is now, and ever shall be World without end Amen