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Sunday series: 08/02/2009 (#46)

Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am

Bible reading:

“1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou halt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” (Luke 5:1-11 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. I didn’t bring [my youngest child] because of the rain.
  2. “We are, but by His Grace. We will be…” [regarding Luke 5:1-11 and forgiveness of sins]
  3. transformation by faith and touch of God [regarding Luke 5:1-11]
  4. Where we spend most of our life (work in my case) is where we [should] start to worship and propagate the blood of God — where God starts working on us.
  5. Be available for God, to hear God’s call.
  6. Be obedient to the will or call of God.

Comments now:

  1. The phase “By His Grace alone” (“Soli Deo Gloria” — roughly translated “Only God’s Glory”) refers to the understanding that we’re saved and forgiven by God alone. In contrast to the Catholic tradition, no man (priest, “especially its head, the Pope”) can forgive our sins. Forgiveness is the right of God alone.

    “Soli Deo Gloria: The Erosion Of God-Centered Worship

    • A reaffirmation that salvation is ultimately for God’s glory rather than man’s, and that Christians everywhere should understand that they are under God’s authority and act for his glory alone.
    • A denial that God can be glorified through ‘entertainment’-style worship; the removal of law and/or gospel in preaching; and preaching that focuses upon self-improvement, self-esteem and self fulfillment.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Declaration#Content_of_the_Declaration

    The latter comes from the five solae.

    “The Five solae are five Latin phrases that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and summarize the Reformers’ basic theological beliefs in contradistinction to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church of the day. The Latin word sola means ‘alone’ or ‘only’ in English. The five solae articulated five fundamental beliefs of the Protestant Reformation, pillars which the Reformers believed to be essentials of the Christian life and practice. All five implicitly rejected or countered the teachings of the then-dominant Catholic Church, which the Reformers claimed had usurped divine attributes or qualities for the Church and its hierarchy, especially its head, the Pope.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_solae

    The five solae are Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), Solus Christus (Christ alone), Sola Gratia (by grace alone), Sola Fide (by faith alone) and Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone). These prases (confessions of faith) are the base of the Reformed doctrine rooted in Lutheranism based on Calvinism. Since the Presbyterianism is based on Calvinism, this is the main dogma of PC(USA) and hence FAPC. Surprisingly this had been my belief too even before deciding not to return to Catholicism. Would this mean that I was never a Catholic? Honestly I couldn’t care less.

One response to “Sunday series: 08/02/2009 (#46)

  1. Rina Mosquera 04/23/2013 at 11:27:56

    Hay que tener fe y la fe la da el conocimiento.

    Entre mas critica sea la persona, entre mas científica sea la persona, mas difícil va a ser para el pertenece a una religión porque siempre se esta cuestionando y eso creo desconfianza, inseguridad.
    Sai Baba dice, saca todos tus conocimientos, y deja tu mente vacía, para que puedas comprender mejor las enseñanza de Sai Baba, cuando no comprendas algo, déjalo pasar, no cuestiones, con el tiempo lo comprenderás.

    A lo que si le tengo miedo es al FANATISMO, una coas es tener fe y otra cosa es ser fanático, fanático es el que no respeta las demás religiones.

    Para semana Santa un grupo de Evangélico fanático atacaron alas personas en el momento que iban en la procesión de Cristo del consuelo, la intervención oportuna de la policía evito una tragedia. Poco días después el mismo grupo de evangélicos quiso ingresar a la Iglesia […], la que queda en pleno Centro y así mismo se dieron cuenta y cerraron las puertas de la iglesia, la gente quedo adentro, cuando pensaron que los ánimos habían bajado los católicos comenzaron a salir y fueron atacados por los evangélicos, que golpearon a los católicos con sus biblias, eso salio en el periódico y esta siendo juzgado el pastor evangélico que encabezo esos dos desmanes, y el hombre se atreve a decir que fue enviado por Dios y que el tiene que cumplir su misión aunque lo metan preso y su misión es hacer entender a los católicos que deben adorar imágenes, y allí esta la falla, como dicen los muchachos, no se puede agredir a otra persona en nombre del Señor.

    El cambio que produce la religión es en nuestro interior, es en nuestra alma, si cambiamos nosotros, va cambiando todo a nuestro al rededor, PERO NO PODEMOS OBLIGAR A NADIE A QUE CAMBIE SU RELIGIÓN, hay que tener mucho cuidado con eso, podemos hablar, sin hacernos los hostigosos, el que quiere cambiar cambia y el que no quiere cambiar no cambia Y ESO HAY QUE RESPETAR.

    Hace tiempo mi hermana tenia una amiga que se hijo evangélica de vieja y le decía a […] que se tenia que hacer evangélica que si no se hacia evangélica, ella no podía seguir siendo su amiga, porque mientra Rosario no se haga evangélica, Rosario era una diabla, Rosario le contesto que ella no iba a cambiar la religión y si su amistad estaba condicionada, significaba que nunca había sido su amiga, así que la mujer se fue, desapareció, nunca mas supimos de ella, no se si Ud. se acuerde […].

    En resumen todos los excesos son malo.

    Por ejemplo dicen que […] esta enfermo, que tiene una hernia que no se puede hacer operar porque no ha arreglado sus papeles, porque no tiene seguro, ni ahorros, porque trabaja solo para pagar el departamento y para la comida, el resto del tiempo esta dedicado a la Iglesia, limpieza, evangelización, etc. le han dicho que como su nombre es […] por San […] su misión es predicar, etc. etc.

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