An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
This symbolizes both our direct access to God through our high priest Jesus; and also, the fact that God’s holiness is no longer something to be protected, but a contagious force to transform the world (Ephesians 4:16). Specifically, through the Holy Spirit we are being regenerated from the inside out to live holy lives that honor and glorify God. No longer do we need to live holy lives to have access to God, but we live holy lives out of the access to God’s grace. In the words of Alexander, “To be holy is to live in a way that reflects the moral perfection of God; it is to live a life marked by love, purity, and righteousness, which are the three most important hallmarks of perfect
This movement teaches us that when we place our trust and faith in Christ, we are given an abundance of health and wealth. There is nothing more foreign to scripture than this type of teaching. In fact, the opposite is true, and Jesus makes it abundantly clear from today’s passage. In the opening verses, we see Jesus warning His disciples about the forthcoming persecution they will eventually face (vv.1-4a). As Jesus prepares for His own persecution, He warns us that it will be the very same people who
Roman Catholic shows Jesus being crucifixes while Protestant uses plan crosses. The Altar is the most religious part of the whole church and it is separated by a screen from the rest of the church. The Christians use this place to celebrate the Eucharist. During this time they serve bread and wine because Jesus gave bread and wine to his disciples, the bread symbolize is body while the wine symbolize his blood. some Christians believe the ceremony is just a figurative while others believe the bread and wine is Jesus ' body and blood.
The best way to be that light is to pray the God through us is glorified. All too often we pray as a selfish child, God give me this or give me that. I have my pastor say that God is not our genie in the sky, but He is our loving and faithful Heavenly Father. In Matthew 7:11 (KJV) “…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” God wants to give His children good gifts and He wants them to be mature enough to pray for the glory of the Heavenly Father. God love us with a love so strong that we cannot
Keeping the church as one body of christ means he is a follower of Jesus and will look after us. When he shows that the church is still holy it impacts my faith because it means I could impact the church and keep it holy and become closer to God because of keeping the church clean and holy just as Pope Francis did. Another reason why the Pope impacts my faith is that the Pope doesn’t only just stay in one place, he takes care of all the churches and visited many churches around the world to keep the churches united and together as one body of christ. The Pope helps me to understand that the meaning of helping others and doing something right isn’t for satisfactory it is for the good of others. He shows me this when he helps the people that are in need and need more help than us.
I was met with the question why does God allow this suffering to happen. Being a Christian has helped me in more ways than I can count while taking this journey through life. I agree with Frankl in that those of us who have any religious belief are able to understand life on another level. I believe that Jesus suffered on the cross for us, to save us of our sins. Therefore, in order to live a life like Jesus we must suffer too.
Calvin suggested the idea of pre-destination. It is a concept which means that everything that an individual does is pre-determined by God. This exemplifies the holy teachings which reveal that God has good plans for everybody. Plans for their welfare and prosperity. Therefore, everything that one implements is largely a work of God and his very plans.
The water is a very important symbol of new life of an individual into Christianity. The recitation of promises by the parents symbolizes their responsibility towards the upbringing of the children into Christian faith. Marking of the infant with the sign of the cross symbolizes the warm welcome that is extended to the child into the new faith. Clothing with white garment symbolizes purity for the sins of the individual are forgiven. The lighted candle resembles Christ who is the light of the world and the ears and mouth is touched so that the person hears the word of God and proclaims it and hence become the evangelizer of Christian faith.
The word of God is the blueprint of our lives. There is nothing that concerns life that is not in the word of God. When we made Jesus our Master, we have allowed Him to determine our lives through His word. In this regard, we need to bring our life in line with the word of God and when we do this, we live in His righteousness. But when we fight against His commandments, we reveal our love for the
The pastor broke the silence by making a few announcements about various activities: a dinner at so and so’s house after service, a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for the youth trip, the total offering taken in Sunday school and so on and so forth. Following this was something totally new again. Pastor Neil asked the members to stand and recite the Apostles Creed with him. I’d never heard of the Creed, let alone knew the words to it. So I listened as the voices, young and old, high and low, recited what they believed in and how they interpreted the Holy Bible.
The first belief is “Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of our loving Heavenly Father” (Mormonism 101). This is described to be said, as the Saints believe that God himself sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to save all mankind from their sins. God is said to be the Heavenly Father who listens and answers all prayers and feels sympathy towards them. Later on God was worshipped as the Redeemer, the central guy, to all mankind of the church. He accepts mercy and grace that the followers seek including baptism, communion, praying, and doing good deeds to others around.
Therefore we must either choose to accept or reject the idea of Him and either become a member of the Christian faith or not. We now possess knowledge of God and His gifts to us as humanity and are also aware of the steps needed to be taken in order to be saved. We can no longer use the excuse of ignorance to God. He also bestowed us with our own free will in order to love him and follow Him on our own, as He only wants moral and honest people as his followers. Throughout Book Two C.S.
On March 27th, I attended Living Water Presbyterian Church Service to witness a different style of music. Every Sunday, at my church, there is a different type of music consisting of old hymns and modern day Christian music. So it was going to be a surprise because I didn’t know what they were going to play. Since the church service was primary focus on Easter, I expected some old hymns. When we entered the church, we were feather with palm leaves and the welcomed into the church with hand clappers.
It 's just me and my Father this Sunday as we drive the ten miles into town with me pouting in the back seat. I was always a stubborn child who fought going to church because I found myself being bored and antsy for that hour and a half. I remember my father looking over to me, patient as ever and explaining as best as you can to a child why attending church was so important. He said, we have a lot of things to be grateful to God for like how we have food to eat, a house to live in, and a family that we love. I sat and thought about that all through church and was in awe of my father’s love for God.