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I was born in Pakistan to a Christian family and deeply steeped in Christian tradition from a young age. My life began with an infant baptism and I was raised in a prototypical Christian way: I attended church with my family every Sunday on a regular basis. My grandfather was a pastor and my mother was a music minister at my home church. My mother’s legacy had a direct influence both on my siblings and on me, for we were likewise engaged in music ministry. I grew up hearing my grandfather’s sermons every Sunday, and I matured with a diverse culture around me. My church generally hosted three separate Sunday services: the morning service was presented by Caucasian missionaries. This service was followed by a bilingual service
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I experienced worshipping with the Caucasians, which was not a new experience to me, but when I studied at the seminary, I encountered students and teachers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Later, during from second and third year of internship, I was serving as a Pastoral Intern at a local church in Evanston, I experienced worshipping with people belonging to fifty five nations of the world. This eclectic experience led me to discover that the church is not simply a group of people coming together to worship God; rather, the church is the people of God – a wonderfully diverse symphony of various ethnic, racial and economic melodies. I found a vivid understanding about this in my Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology course as well. I learned that God’s people might appear in a variety of different colors, languages, dresses, regions, and potentials, yet each unique individual is loved by God. God loves each, and no one above the other. Together, they form one body of Christ, and in order for one to be a true disciple of Christ, one needs to love not only God, but also one’s…show more content…
Focusing on the sanctification, it is easy to find a clue in role of the Holy Spirit, and one’s relationship with God. In the book, An Introduction to Ecclesiology, Veli- Matti Karkkainen mentions the sanctification and participation in the sacraments as a way of attaining strength to be the body of Christ. Wesley is also said to have spoken very eloquently that “the church” has been bought with the blood of Christ, and comprises of “whom God hath so called out of the world as to entitle them to the preceding character.” In other words, one needs to be a disciple of Christ, to receive the Holy Spirit. According to 1 John 2:22, one needs to believe in Christ as Son of God, and God as the Father, and only then one can abide in God, the Trinity that is one. This means that it is necessary for one to have faith in God, and that one cannot be a believer having half, or no faith in the knowledge of the existence of God. Speaking of one’s faith in God, Karl Barth writes about the church as one that is “grounded in an eternal election, realized through a divine calling, and alive in faith and obedience through the Holy
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