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N.T. Wright’s Trinitarian Prayer

Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth:
Set up your kingdom in our midst.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God:
Have mercy on us sinners.

Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God:
Renew us and all the world.

N.T. Wright

Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord).

N.T. Wright (1948- ) is an English New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and Anglican bishop.

Trinitarian Prayer

Greek root word for church and for ‘church’

There are two (different) Greek root words here.

The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible)

Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was used to indicate a civil body of select (called, elected) people.

Quoting from the Oxford Universal English Dictionary on the word “ecclesia”:

Ecclesia [mediaeval Latin, and Greek – from : SUMMONED] -A regularly convoked assembly, especially the general assembly of Athenians. Later, the regular word for church. assembly

When the greeks (romans?) wanted to make an announcement, they would call people out of their homes to the street. ecclesea.

The English word ‘church’ is a different Greek word.

“Church” comes from the Old English and German word pronounced “kirche.” In Scotland, it was “kirk.”

In the earlier Greek It was pronounced “ku-ri-a-kos” or “ku-ri-a-kon.” As you can see, this word doesn’t even resemble the Greek word “ecclesia” whose place it has usurped. The meaning of “Ku-ri-a-kos” is understood by its root: “Ku- ri-os,” which means “lord.” Thus, “kuriakos” (i.e., “church”) means “pertaining to the lord.” It refers to something that pertains to, or belongs to, a lord. The Greek “kuriakos” eventually came to be used in Old English form as “cirice” (Kee-ree-ke), then “churche” (kerke), and eventually “church” in its traditional pronunciation. A church, then, is correctly something that “pertains to, or belongs to, a lord.” Lord’s house.


An interesting quote from the 1915 “Gospel Advocate” (Pg 589) says:

“The word ‘Church’ is really not a translation of any word that was used by either Christ or His Apostles, but is the Anglican form of a different word which Roman Catholicism substituted in place of the word used by Christ and His Apostles… It is in our english scriptures by order of King James, who instructed his translators of 1611 not to translate the word “Ecclesia” by either ‘Congregation’ or ‘Assembly’ but to use the word ‘Church’ instead of a translation.”

Links

Etymology of the word “Church”

http://www.aggressivechristianity.net/articles/ecclesia.htm  (has a negative tone)

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/church/

http://messianicfellowship.50webs.com/church.html

Make Room in Your Heart


Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher

Grace will accomplish

But what nature does not love and cannot perform, grace will accomplish, and make to thee a life of joy and glory.

near The end of chapter 16 in Andrew Murray’s abide in Christ 16th day for staking all for him

A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men

I just learned of, and very much enjoyed, *A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men* by William J. Locke. Librivox (wonderful audio reading) and Gutenberg (text). Image

Comments on Religion – briefly

(my views)

Faith first, religion follows.  Faith (belief in God) is more important than religion.  Faith should be the predecessor in pre-requisite for religion. Religion follows to fit one’s needs. There is a full array of available religions with many levels of orthodoxy and a wide variety of styles.  Religion should facilitate one’s faith.

Also, more important than religion is being a member of a community of believers. In most cases this will be a church.  The church/community of believers provides a structure for:

  • Worship,
  • Encouragement,
  • Teamwork,
  • Service,
  • Learning,
  • Growth.

Structure enhances and strengthens these activities.  (I won’t go into a justification for that here.) Put simply, “Together everyone achieves more.”

I do believe in Jesus Christ.  (There are certainly other forms of faith in God, other than Christianity.  Muslim and Jewish faith, for example.  This paragraph describes my situation.)   I find it very useful to be part of a community of believers. I believe God uses the power of the Holy Spirit through the church. Left to my own devices, I am faithful for a while, but at times I need support. I’ve found the United Methodist Church fits my needs. Our general direction is good. I respect our church leaders’ decisions and, at the same time, realize every decision is not perfect for every situation.  I participate in the decision-making process as we precede into the future and chart our course — a course of faith in action.

Religion is an institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.  These grow out of the needs of the community to do the activities listed above.  There are good reasons to have a system of practices. However, the system can be adjusted and modified with careful and prayerful considerations.  As pointed out, there are a wide variety of religions available and one should find one that meets his/her needs.

If the practices of the particular religion of which I’m a member do not fit my needs as a growing Christian, then I need to find a different community of believers.  (I believe loyalty has value, so I’m not continually looking to jump ship.)

Religion as an end unto itself is probably not good.  I can happen that a church gets so wrapped up in the practices, rituals, buildings, and budgets that emphasis on faith development of the members is diminished.  This is unfortunate.

Walking

I’m intrigued by walking.  Especially our Christian walk.

Lots of good verses: https://www.openbible.info/topics/walk (Especially, Eph 2:10!)

This could be a sermon.

The term elemental is a good term.

Here’s an article that could be shifted a bit to make it relate to our Christian walk.

http://footnotesonwalking.blogspot.com/2016/07/elemental-walking-earth-air-fire-and.html

 

Why Americans Go to Church – still good reasons

Ok, this is quite encouraging. I’d say paeople are going to church for the right reasons. (See the top 4 in the graphic.)

These reasons are

  • biblical (what God would want),
  • enduring (abiding),
  • genuine (true, sincere),
  • helpful (promoting the greater good and self). #Christian

 

As churches (communities of faith) our challenge is to make our message and our activities

  • biblical,
  • enduring,
  • genuine,
  • helpful and also
  • pertinent,
  • relevant, and
  • applicable.

#balanced #Christianity

from: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/july/church-attendance-top-reasons-go-or-stay-home-pew.html Pew: Why Americans Go to Church or Stay Home

God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.

God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.

And ‘the accomplishing’ might be through his followers.

World Communion Sunday 2018

PTL