On lines 45-47, the cross describes the marks on him from being nailed, because not only was Jesus nailed, the cross was, as well. Enduring this pain makes him a hero, as well. On line 47, “they mocked us both, we two together,” uniting the lord and the cross together. To honor it as heroic, on line 76, friends learned of it and adorned him in silver and gold, bringing the story full circle, an explanation to the appearance of the cross in the beginning of the narrator’s story. On line 80, “now the time has come where they will honor me far and wide,” while coming from anyone or anything else this phrase would seem a bit arrogant, what the cross is saying that this story will be told over and over again and that people will honor it forever.
Prayer as defined by Houghton Mifflin (2009) is a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. However, when we make an appeal how do we capture His attention? It is through prayer that we are able to petition God and ultimately develop a consistent prayer life that pleases Him. Reading the word of God and prayer draws us closer to Christ. We begin to have His mind and His spirit living in us because of this Holy communication.
The intention of cathedrals was to inspire those who came to pray, learn, and worship (Macaulay, Cathedral 4), and to create a deeper connection to God. Religious art made its mark by creating images of Biblical events, and characters. The depiction of Christ as a tall bearded man, and the iconic representation of The Lord’s Supper are attributed to artists’ imaginations. Religious symbols are prevalent today. When you go throughout the world, you see churches and cathedrals with steeples, and some with crosses (The Meaning of the Cross).
An old saying once said, “Love is, what love does” indicating love cause people to sacrifice and bear one another cross. It is primarily the basis of one’s action concerning others. People must be at a level of maturity to portray the love God wants towards others, (Heb.5:12-6:1, ESV). As the Body of Christ, one’s work should be done through love and in love for the kingdom of God. Love and compassion were displayed everywhere the Son of Man journeyed in His ministry to others.
Dr. Harris points out two examples that stand out among the others: the first being holy oil, as used to heal by the laying on of hands and anointing; the second being Christ himself, being a symbol of the healing power of God. These symbols act as a template for healing, giving it a definite form. Actively embracing the symbols make the healing power through prayer “really real” for the people who seek the removal of their illness while also establishing moods and motivations used by Christian followers. In her first sermon, Rev. Dr. Harris touches on the healing prayer going on in one of her chapels.
Throughout the entire Bible, many passages give examples of hospitality and how the “other” should be treated and I believe that this is a good place to begin interpreting this situation. The first scriptural narrative that informs this situation is one of the many teachings of Jesus that highlights the love and acceptance that he often preached. Throughout the incidences that occurred in our worship services and during the conversation between Jim and myself, one of the questions that kept coming up in my mind was “Who exactly is my neighbor?” Because of this, I believe the Parable of the Good Samaritan in... ... middle of paper ... ...ncounters, we should also believe that the Holy Spirit would work transformatively in the lives of the non-Christians that we are in dialogue with. When we practice a theology of hospitality that allows the Holy Spirit to move, we are being hospitable to both the Christian and the non-Christian. The Christian does not have to lower or give up their Christology or make exceptions to their faith and the non-Christian allowed the space and grace to let the Spirit move as the Spirit moves.
The first chapter deals with the resurrection life of Jesus Christ. The second chapter talks about transforming our minds through the Holy Spirit. The key reason for that, explained in chapter three, so that other people can see God’s life through us and how we make decisions resulting in the glorification of God. Chapter four, however, is showing the truth in which our mind should be set on shown in God’s word. Then that’s when chapter five talks about the way we relate to God in overcoming this world through His name.
The Bible The Bible, the word of God, provides all humankind with the knowledge and the faith they need to receive God's salvation and be regenerated by God's life. Reading the Bible also teaches us many things about God, Christianity, Jesus and His Word. In order to understand and appreciate the Bible and Bible Literature, it is important to know the historical context as well as many other factors. This paper will discuss the importance of reading the Bible and how to understand it and use what we read in the Bible and apply it to our everyday life. GOD’S WORD It is only through the Word that people can receive Jesus Christ into their hearts.
The pastor’s example of right living based on Christian values and convictions, serving others, and demonstrating strong faith despite our circumstances provide followers someone to model after in their contemporary setting. The members faith grows when they seem faith demonstrated through walking with someone else or the testimonies shared by the pastor and leaders. When the pastor demonstrates a spiritual walk consistent with the teachings of Scripture this encourages and motivates the church members to grow in their own spiritual walk. If the pastor reads scripture the members will feel encouraged to read scripture, or sing songs of worship, or love their neighbor,
For this paper, I read and analyzed the Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I focused specifically on his writing regarding ‘Christian Community’. Bonhoeffer uses Psalm133, verse 1 as the diving board for his exposition on community, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (KJV). Bonhoeffer’s writing centers on the truth that everything given to Christians is a gift of grace. This paper will explore Bonhoeffer’s exposition on the nature of Christian community in his book, Life Together and compare it to daily life of a Christian.