In the gospel of John, chapter 16, Jesus says "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." There's three important points we can discern from this passage. First, we learn that Christ had to go away so that his disciples could grasp "the understanding of the invisible". Second, the role of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and console the hearts of God's people. Finally, we see that the Holy Spirit also inspires our faith, enlightens our minds and enables our witness. Watch this Sunday's sermon to learn more.
Starting this Sunday, St. Mark's will begin an adult catechism offered weekly at 9 a.m. Sunday Mass will be moved to 10 a.m. and shortened slightly to accommodate this new learning opportunity. The class will work through the ACNA's approved adult catechism, "To Be A Christian." This in-depth study of the faith is sure to enrich your christian walk and deepen your love of Jesus and his church. We hope to see you there!
Christ really was human, and the record of his circumcision is proof.
Circumcision of Christ, Menologion of Basil II, 979-984.
If Jesus Christ was truly human as evidenced by his circumcision, that means he really died on that cross 33 years later. More importantly, he really did rise from the dead for our salvation. The message of the Church to God's people in this season is full of mercy. The message is that Christ, who is fully God, took on flesh to redeem us from sin and death. At Christ's circumcision, he shed his first drops of blood for us. It was a foreshadowing of his bloody death, resurrection, and second coming.
The circumcision of Christ was not only a fulfillment of prophecy, but it was also a promise to all believers--including us--that all God's promises are true. Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled more than 350 prophecies in his 33 years on earth. Because of that, we can be sure that those remaining will also be fulfilled. That is why we can declare with absolute confidence, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!"
Listen to this week's sermon to learn more.
We all serve someone or something.
After escaping slavery in Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years, the LORD gave his people the promised land--Canaan. Through Joshua and his army, the LORD ousted the pagans from Canaan, and the people went in an possessed Canaan. At the end of it all, as Joshua prepared to die, he said to the people, "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:14-15)
Joshua was pointing out an important truth to the Isrealites, and to all of us. We all serve someone or something. There is no escaping it. We were created to serve. So we must choose what and how we serve.
Whom do you serve? Yourself? Your family? Your boss? What about your savior? How much of your life do you put into serving Him? Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.