Discipleship Point and Prayer
FRIDAY'S BIT OF
“To combine conviction with humility... will require the greatest dependence on the grace of God. Our first mistake is often to be overconfident and to think we can handle this issue on our own. The enemy laughs.”
pp.130, The Prideful Soul’s Guide to Humility, Fontenot/Jones
Father God, keep me from over-confidence in my own sense and abilities, but instead to be humbly dependent on and confident in You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
What is the significance of "One Holy Christian Apostolic Church" in light of the MISSIO DEI (sending of God) in John 17?
For centuries, the Christian community of faith and mission has confessed one holy Christian (catholic) apostolic church in the Nicene Creed. This reflects the Missio Dei. Today we focus on Holiness.
Holiness. The confession also reflects that the one assembly is holy, as described in Christ’s prayer (“sanctified” in the High Priestly prayer of John 17), to be protected from the evil one and sanctified (made holy) by the Word of Truth (vs. 16-17). As the oneness of the church is rooted in Jesus Christ, so also is the holiness of the church. Christians are not holy through church polity or piety, rules, traditions, practices, laws, or common arrangements, nor are they holy through mere performance of worship, liturgy, and/or ceremonies. The holy Christ has given His holiness to His own by the shedding of His holy blood.
See the following Scriptures in your bible or on pp. 261-264 of The Great Sending book: 1 Peter 2:9, John 17:20, Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 4:3-6,Romans 12:4-5, 1 Peter 2:5, Acts 2:42.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the reminder that we are not found holy through church polity or piety, rules, traditions, practices or laws; nor through our the performance of worship, liturgy or other spiritual ceremony. Our holiness is bound up in You Jesus, the holy One who shed Your own holy blood on the cross – Your very own Missio Dei. Thank You Jesus. Thank You. Amen.