An Ancient Faith, Reaching a New Generation, Lived in Holy Community
EmmausAbbey Anglican Church
Reaching A New Generation
I was asked by someone, "How will you fulfill the the mission of "Reaching a New Generation." I explained it this way: by reaching one person at a time. If every Christian would open their God Space to others we could change the world for Christ. We have to create time, personal space out of our day and opportunity for people to ask the question: "Who is God?" And it is our job to share our testimony to them in a kind way. Today, people are too busy, distracted by wealth, pleasure and personal agendas to see that every minute that passes we lose an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are living in the last days and so many people are to busy to notice. So many people want wealth.
They are trying to "get all they can, Can all they get and Sit on the can."
Bottom line is this: No one ever leaves this earth with anything. They only thing worth anything is your SPIRIT> Remember this, one day we will all give an account of our time and treasure. All given by "Almighty God." He (God) will ask for an account of your time and treasure and you will give that account on judgement Day!"
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, ...
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one anothers burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
The doctrine of the communion of saints is based on 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul compares Christians to a single body.
The words translated into English as "saints" can refer to Christians, who, whatever their personal sanctity as individuals, are called holy because they are consecrated to God and Christ. This usage of the word "saints" is found some fifty times in the New Testament.
The CEC Catechism defends this view, citing Romans 8:32, 1 Corinthians 6:17 and 1 John 1:3 to claim that all members of Christ have communion with him, and are recipients of all his gifts.
The persons who are linked in this communion include those who have died and whom Hebrews 12:1 pictures as a cloud of witnesses encompassing Christians on earth. In the same chapter, Hebrews 12:22-23 says Christians on earth "have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect."