Serving as a local pastor has caused me to spend more time reflecting on the theology and doctrine of the hymns in our worship practices. I recently noticed that the statement Jesus Christ is Lord is reflected in the composition entitled “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” The hymn celebrates Jesus as the Lamb upon the throne who triumphs over death (UMH 327) (Revelation 19.12). According to the doctrine in The Apostles’ Creed, all authority in heaven and earth rests in Jesus as our Ascended Lord who died for us, who is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, who will one day return to judge the living and the dead, and whose Kingdom has no end (UMH 881).
The function of the local church is to “help people to accept and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to live their daily lives in light of their relationships with God” (The Book of Discipline 2012 [BOD], ¶201-205, 143-144). Lord is the translation from the Greek term Kyrie and the Hebrew word Yahweh. This title illustrates the fulfillment of the Old Covenant prophecies of the Messiah/Christ figure, and the creator of the New Covenant. The Greek word for Lord is defined as master, leader, chief, or commander. This title describes his role and identity of Christ Jesus as the Head of the Church. He is Lord over all the Church. He is Lord in heaven and earth, everything seen and unseen. Jesus is the One whom I believe, follow and obey as Lord. I recognize Jesus is Lord when I chose to be baptized in the Name of Jesus. I honor Jesus as Lord when I gather in fellowship, attend to Scriptures, partake of Holy Communion, and pray in His Name (Acts 2:42). The church responds to Jesus as Lord through worsh...
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...hin a person and that same faith needed the coaxing and affirmation of the community of believers to grow unto maturity. I am called to the theological task of contextual and incarnational holiness. Through grace in His indwelling Holy Spirit, we live our lives in the context of the Body of Christ and in the world as the redeemed and the redeeming. I am called to the theological task of essentially practical theology. We are a people who continually seek to sanctify our words and actions, moving always toward holiness of heart and life. I am called to the theological task of critical and constructive reflective action. Our communal ties create space for God to speak to us and shape us for personal and social justice from the inside out. For a Methodist, true transformation occurs from the inside out moving each one of us from individual holiness to communal holiness.
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