Sunday series: 08/02/2009 (#46)
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am
“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)
- I didn’t bring [my youngest child] because of the rain.
- “We are, but by His Grace. We will be…” [regarding Luke 5:1-11 and forgiveness of sins]
- transformation by faith and touch of God [regarding Luke 5:1-11]
- 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.
- Be available for God, to hear God’s call.
- Be obedient to the will or call of God.
- 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.”
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.”
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.