Worship is a time in the life of the church that parishioners can hear the Word of God. This is a great opportunity for me to preach our doctrinal standards and theological task in a practical manner for the membership. I can share the importance of the distinctive Wesleyan Emphases like prevenient grace, justification and assurance, sanctification and perfection, faith and good works, mission and service, and nurture and mission of the
Stephen Seamands proffers a Trinitarian description of Christian Ministry as the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the church and the world. The author seems to presume that many in the Christian faith have not adequately observed or applied the doctrine of the Trinity significantly in the vocation of ministry. It is with this perception that he postulates a Trinitarian approach of ministry that emphasizes communion with God shaping our language about God to shape our heart so we might share in the life of God. In arriving at his conclusions, Seamands uses well-grounded Scriptural foundations, along with a descriptive of the Icon of the Holy Trinity painted in 1425 by a Russian Monk, Andrei Rublev, including the historical significance that is traced back to the Enlightenment, and the findings of renowned theologians beginning with Karl Barth. The preponderance of evidence provided supports the author’s contention that the grammar of the Christian faith and life is rooted in the doctrine of the Trinity having created the current Trinitarian renaissance.
God the Son is revealed in the Christian Scriptures. God the Spirit is revealed in the Church. The Trinitarian doctrine states that there are three co-eternal, equal persons in God, which is the notion of unity within community. The Trinitarian doctrine was further developed and defined at the councils of Nicaea in 325 CE and Constantinople in 381 CE. God was always trinity, however gradually this reality became known through revelation. Jesus calls God and speaks of the spirit which indicates a plurality in God. The difficulty is reconciling the concept of monotheism with the notion of God existing as three persons. The divine essence is common to all three, however the three persons have attributes or properties which distinguished them eg Fatherhood, sonship and sanctifying power. Once essence means that the actions (creation, redemption, sanctification) are attributable to all. Mutual relations is the concept that the terms Father and Son are not titles but expressions of a relationship and thus all three persons are co-equal
Worship is the primary action of the church. Those who are part of it assemble together to sing, pray, remember Christ, listen to the Scriptures, and contribute to the Lord’s causes (Acts 2:42, 47; 1 Cor. 16:1-2). It is one of the church’s primary purposes, and it is crucial for its worship to be in harmony with the Scriptures. In Lutheranism, worship is a spiritual exercise that outwardly expresses itself as an acceptance of God’s gift to humans (Jacobs 551). Lutherans
The word “trinity” is used to describe the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though all three are used in scripture there is no description of the “trinity.” Throughout this paper the concept of the “trinity” will be examined. First, the paper will have a summary of relevant sections from three sources: the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the older Catholic Encyclopedia, and a peer-reviewed theological article from a contemporary journal. Two concise analyses will follow the summary. In the first analysis there will be a comparison between the older and newer Catholic encyclopedias to see how over time theological reflection has changed. In the second analysis there will be a comparison between the New Catholic Encyclopedia and a contemporary theological article to show the differences between the two theological perspectives.
At times, the specific religious traditions, practices, and beliefs of the past are not enough to fill the spiritual void of the modern human being. Even more, a single religion alone may not hold all of the answers to satisfy one’s desire for enlightenment, and many choose a new path. This is the path that led to the creation of the religious denomination of Unitarian Universalism.
Our worship, our clapping real hard, and even our believing in God does not make Him more or less of who He is. So what is worship then? Is it music? Singing songs to a divine being? Is it taking part in the sacraments of the Christian church? Why are there numerous disputes or differences of opinions about “how” to worship? The word worship itself is labeled as a noun and is defined as the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. But if a biblical definition of worship is to be attempted it cannot simply be based on the derivation or common application of the English word ‘worship’. Contemporary Christians obscure the breadth and depth of the Bible’s teaching on this subject when they persist in using the word ‘worship’ in the usual, limited fashion, applying it mainly to what goes on in Sunday Services. So what does the Bible mean by ‘worship’? Worship is clarified in both the Old and New Testament in four distinct themes; more than music, bringing pleasure to God, being not for an individual’s benefit, and is incorporated into every aspect of one’s daily life.
Words like simplicity and conformity can be used to describe primitive cultures. However, these simplistic cultures were thought to be more harmonic with the natural world than some modern cultures. Having to depend more on nature than technology for survival, problems that faced prehistoric primitive cultures were rudimentary concepts like hunting and gathering food supplies, and providing shelter. As societies advanced, many western cultures shifted from the polytheistic belief system of Africa and Greece to a Monotheistic belief system. Many of which, were based on mysticism and non-empirical occurrences. In those times, people were urged to conform and to desist from challenging their spiritual authority. Any scientific inquiry would have
The UUCC has monthly worship themes which revolve around “core spiritual values” which are celebrated by the Unitarian Universalists faith. Every month they focus on one of these values, and as such, each is approached with the question “what does it mean to live a life of____?”. They focus on the deep commitment ensuring that its practice makes a difference within their daily lives. The Church offers “soul matters” which is an opportunity for an
The author of Matthew asserts that Jesus ' final instructions to his disciples included the practice of baptizing "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." This is an explicit indication by Jesus of the Trinitarian nature of God. Throughout scripture, God is working gracefully in a loving, distinctive, and yet undivided, relationship. It is out of the tension created by this unified distinctiveness that we derive our understanding of the Trinitarian nature of God and embrace it as United Methodists. We believe it reflects "the biblical witness to God’s activity in creation, encompasses God’s gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God’s reign."
Having grown up in the church, I was taught from a young age about the miracles Jesus performed. When attending a Sunday service I have come to expect worship,
Worship in its etymology is the ascribing worth to something or someone. In worship of God, one finds himself in the position of giving God the praise due him. The text lays out some key aspects of worship. Whitney states that worship is focusing on and responding to God, in that when man focus on God he knows who God is and come to worship him as such. He continues in the idea that worship is done in spirit and in truth not just out of duty but in joy. Then the place that worship take place is examined. Man worships God both publicly and privately, and both are important. The public worship is done within the context of the local church, and the privet worship is in the believer’s own study and interaction with God. worship is a disciple
Unitarian Religion separates itself from christian denominations but is open to the idea of god and the trinity. Unitarian Universalism consists of seven principles all surrounding a peaceful nature. The first principle states the importance of humans respect for nature and each other. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker states, “We celebrate the gifts of being human: our intelligence and capacity for observation and reason, our senses and ability to appreciate beauty, our creativity, our feelings and emotions.” The second Principal's overall idea is equity, justice, and compassion in human relations. One can simply not treat someone one on one, they must all work collectively to solve the issue at hand. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker states, “We can
Religion is universal, but interpretations of the meaning of religions vary. There are several philosophers who interpreted religion in different manners, three of them being Tylor, Frazer, and Marx. Even though their ideals were different, they all three still held a general functionalist view on religion—that religion served the purpose to comfort or control humans. On the contrary to the functionalist opinions of Tylor, Frazer, and Marx, my personal belief coincides mostly with that of Rudolf Otto. I interpret religion as a great, unexplainable mystery (that may or may not have to do with human function), and not solely the result of one’s fears, one’s intellect, or one’s oppression.
For the Trinitarians, Jesus and Christ are one person although he is two distinct persons, divine and human. According to the Trinity Doctrine, Jesus has both a divine person, the Logos, and a rational human soul. Therefore, Jesus’ human nature retains a human mind and will, and he also has a divine mind and will. Nevertheless, Jesus has only one person in himself. Thus, Trinitarians have more difficulty in explaining Christ’s death without the Son of God dying than do