The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Sunday series: 02/08/2009 (#21)

Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11:15am

Adult Education: The Gospel of John

  1. symbol = the eagle, sign of resurrection
  2. spiritual gospel, symbol of the eagle that can soar higher than most birds
  3. written circa 100 AD; Christianity needed to convince the Greeks, not only the Jews anymore; to reaffirm what the Church was about.
  4. Greek word logos = word, reason
  5. Refuting heresy [of] John the Baptist as the messiah
  6. Gnosticism
    • matter = evil
    • spirit = good
  7. docetism — the word DOKEIM, “to seem” (human only)
  8. Jesus only seemed to be a man.
  9. The Gideons — Bible version I was familiar as a child [the Bible I was looking at during the class].

Bible reading:

“1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. 5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. (Luke 10:1-12 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. “and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.” [from A Brief Statement of Faith] = why women can be pastors
  2. Although I took my medicine, I couldn’t stay awake. I kept nodding off. My mind kept wandering off. Maybe the bottle of V8 that I drank [before church] many me drowsy.

Comments now:

  1. The following is the complete A Brief Statement of Faith as per PC(USA).

    “In life and in death we belong to God.
    Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    the love of God,
    and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
    we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
    whom alone we worship and serve.

    We trust in Jesus Christ,
    Fully human, fully God.
    Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
    preaching good news to the poor
    and release to the captives,
    teaching by word and deed
    and blessing the children,
    healing the sick
    and binding up the brokenhearted,
    eating with outcasts,
    forgiving sinners,
    and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
    Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
    Jesus was crucified,
    suffering the depths of human pain
    and giving his life for the sins of the world.
    God raised Jesus from the dead,
    vindicating his sinless life,
    breaking the power of sin and evil,
    delivering us from death to life eternal.

    We trust in God,
    whom Jesus called Abba, Father.
    In sovereign love God created the world good
    and makes everyone equally in God’s image
    male and female, of every race and people,
    to live as one community.
    But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.
    Ignoring God’s commandments,
    we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,
    accept lies as truth,
    exploit neighbor and nature,
    and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.
    We deserve God’s condemnation.
    Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.
    In everlasting love,
    the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people
    to bless all families of the earth.
    Hearing their cry,
    God delivered the children of Israel
    from the house of bondage.
    Loving us still,
    God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.
    Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,
    like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,
    God is faithful still.

    We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
    everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
    The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
    sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
    and binds us together with all believers
    in the one body of Christ, the Church.
    The same Spirit
    who inspired the prophets and apostles
    rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
    engages us through the Word proclaimed,
    claims us in the waters of baptism,
    feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
    and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
    In a broken and fearful world
    the Spirit gives us courage
    to pray without ceasing,
    to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
    to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
    to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
    and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
    In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
    we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
    and to live holy and joyful lives,
    even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
    praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’

    With believers in every time and place,
    we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
    can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

  2. I support the right of any man or woman to become a minister. After all, all Christians are Ministers of Faith with the obligation to teach others about Christ and the Good News of the gospels.
  3. Looking on-line for the definition of Ministers of Faith, I found an article about a pastor who became atheist. That’s strange, yet not a one-in-a-million occurrence. May religious people have turned to atheism since feeling betrayed by the Church. Said the real problem is not Christ, but rather the Church as a man-made entity and organization. It doesn’t surprise me as there’s a fine (minuscule) line between doubt and atheism.

    From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith
    ‘I’m currently an active pastor and I’m also an atheist,’ she says. ‘I live a double life. I feel pretty good on Monday, but by Thursday — when Sunday’s right around the corner — I start having stomachaches, headaches, just knowing that I got to stand up and say things that I no longer believe in and portray myself in a way that’s totally false.'”


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