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  1. I have told this story before but somehow it is appropriate for today's topic. I was waiting for a train and as usual, I pulled out my iPad and started reading. A little old Catholic Nun sat down beside me and she also started reading. We had a while to wait for the train and as often happens we fell into conversation. I asked her what she liked reading the most, and she told me that she liked reading the sermons of Pope Benedict. I followed up with a question as to why she liked reading his sermons and she said that he pointed her to Jesus. So for a few moments, we shared our mutual love of Jesus. I think that she was moderately surprised that someone else in a largely secular county actually thought about Jesus. The little old Catholic Nun taught me a lot about Jesus in that few minutes on the station.

    For some of us, thinking about Jesus takes on a forensic aspect. We are out to prove that he is God, or we delve into the mechanism of salvation. Perhaps we should focus a little less on the proving and more on the sharing of a rich experience of living with Jesus.

    Peter had the experience of living with Jesus to the extent that even when he tried to deny it, others still noted that he had been with Jesus. That shocked Peter!

    The Gospel is less about theology and more about the changes in our lives when we follow him.

    Amen!(40)
    • Just this morning at our worship group, we were studying Galatians 5:13-26 where we were discussing 'walking in the Spirit' and what it meant to be 'led by Christ'...vis-a-vis keeping the law. The speaker in his explanation said, "Focusing on the law is like focusing on the doctrines and losing focus on the people or the Church!"

      Amen!(8)
  2. How can we learn to depend upon Christ and not upon any other “finite being”, as it is so easy to do?

    I cannot brag about anything, but I have to consider my sufferings as blessings! The lost of a very close "finite being" that you most depend on while being a kid somehow, at the same time, can be devastating and also be a call to faith's development. And it may take years until a tragedy becomes beauty! Although
    the marks stongly persevere for decades Jesus is able to replace them by His touch of love. The key is to surrender!

    Amen!(14)
  3. I believe a Christian life is simple. We should live like Christ did and remember that everything is tested from scripture. Children should be able follow our example. It is said that the greatest concern we have today is that when we call on the name of Christ, we should live what His name represent. May God keep us faithful and true to the end which is what is most important. Thanks

    Amen!(4)
  4. Amen, yes I believe that we must HOLD on to our faith, trust, depend on Jesus, study our scriptures and have a relationship with him, to seek him daily. Matthew 6.33 Jesus is our only hope that gives us all salvation.

    Amen!(2)
  5. “The church is built upon Christ as its foundation; it is to obey Christ as its head." Our brains control every part of our bodies including all their operations. It is difficult to understand how all these organs collaborate and unite to achieve a single goal. "And when one member suffer, all the members suffer with it...", 1 Cor. 12:26. It is only through conditions like stroke, vascular dementia, etc, that come through our failure to take care of these bodies, that this unity is affected.
    Just as stroke renders some body parts useless, we become spiritually dead when we disconnect ourselves from the Head, Isaiah 59:2. Instead of blessing other members we become a burden to them making their usefulness even more difficult. Just as a dead limb affects the entire body and its operations, a spiritually dead member puts a check on the progress of the gospel. It is as good as scattering abroad when Christ is gathering. In this state uniting with others is impossible.
    Thus loosing interest in God's word and struggling to show love to others should lead us to the cross in genuine repentance. Through the body metaphor Christ wants us to focus on Him, to burden Him not our leaders. Everyone has a part to play. No one should blindly follow our earthly leaders.

    Amen!(6)
  6. Reading this in the lesson reminded me that we too often misunderstand the word "head"/ 'kephale' in Ephesians 5:23:

    The church also derives its identity from Christ, for He is the Source and the Foundation and the Originator of its belief and teachings.

    That quote perfectly captures the meaning of 'kephale' in the original Greek text, because 'kephale' means "head" or "source," as in the "head of a stream," among other things.

    Christ is, indeed, the "Source" of the church, because it is derived from Him and His mission, just as Adam was the "source" of Eve, because she was formed from his rib.

    Nowhere does the Bible have a command for anyone to exercise authority over the church or over women or wives. Rather, in Eph. 5:21 (just before the texts mentioned), Paul urges the members of the body of Christ to be "subject one to another." That is mutual submission - not one group or one gender subject to another group or gender.

    Even pastors are not asked to exercise authority, but to lead as Christ led. (See Matt 20:25-20)

    I understand that submission is to be freely given, not exacted. Authority is ascribed to leaders who lead as Christ led, not exercised "like the Gentiles do." That's the way our church governance structure is set up. But there's another model that is advocated in some circles even in our church. It has a human authority figure as its head, and it seems to me that's a contrary to the teachings of Christ, whether it is found in our church or another.

    Your thoughts?

    Amen!(5)

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