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CHURCH – AGENT OF CHANGE Acts 13: 17-39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. (Acts 13:39)
The Book of Acts is an accurate historical record of the early church with lessons and living examples of the work of the Holy Spirit, the implications of grace and the law of love. The second half of Acts is focused primarily on Paul's missionary journey to many countries north of Mediterranean Sea. Paul's missionary adventure shows us the progress of Christianity. This gospel could not be confined to one corner of the world. This is a faith that offered hope to all humanity. Renewal for a reforming community:While acknowledging the customs, traditions habits and practices stressed during the reformation period, it has become imperative to come up with new interpretations and texts fitting for the current socio- economic environment. The tenets of reformation were manifested through worship, word of God and witnessing. The church, being the covenantal community becomes the channel of grace and agent of change. We are bound to imbibe the spirit of renewal in the existential realms of life. Paul's message to the Jews in the synagogue in Antioch began with an emphasis on God's covenant with Israel. He went on explaining how the gospel fulfilled the covenant. The chronological interpretation especially connected with the Old Testament brings us the covenantal relationship. Being the children of the faithful community founded by Abraham, we are expected to be his descendants in faith, practices, actions and response. This conviction leads us to become the agents of reformation. The covenantal relationship includes the wellbeing of all humankind. Being a Christian witness: Jesus commanded the believers that they should be witnesses. Each of us can be an inspirer and encourager to others for witnessing Jesus Christ and His glory. Verse 32 states that "We tell you the good news: what God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus." So Paul called the men of Israel and the God —fearing gentiles as Brothers. Witnessing should not be carried out along with the lines of separation between Jews and Gentiles, slave and master, male and female. Church being the covenantal community is bound to be inclusive, penetrating and permeating the layers of society for meaningful witness. The church is a called out community for the completion and fulfillment of the kingdom of God. The mission and ministry of the church are marked by its witnessing. Church is bound to be a community of unfading remembrances and reminiscences. Witnessing does not mean ignoring existing faith traditions and replacing it with a new one. While retaining the apostolic and eastern vision and traditions, the church should continue its originality in witnessing by listening to the viewpoints of modern society.
Prayer Almighty Lord, may our hearts be open to the light of Christ and enable us to be true witnesses. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The church is to be the conscience of the society.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of