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    Christian Theology - Thread: Now, For Something Completely Different

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      Now, For Something Completely Different

      We are brothers and sisters in Christ and to that end, I'd like to spark a conversation dealing with our common Faith and what unites us as Christians rather than what divides us:
      #1: The Holy Trinity
      #2: The use of the Holy Bible ( 66 or 73)
      #3: Assembling with like- minded brethren on Sunday
      #4: An emphasis on living a God- pleasing life
      #5: Compassion and love for neighbors
      #6: Christmas and Easter
      #7: Brotherly and sisterly correction for an erring believer
      #8: Faith= Love and good works
      #9: A reverence and regard for Truth
      #10: An eager hope for Christ's return
      #11: Use of at least two Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
      Can anybody think of anything else?
      Last edited by Confessional Lutheran; 11-18-2017 at 11:06 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Confessional Lutheran View Post
      We are brothers and sisters in Christ and to that end, I'd like to spark a conversation dealing with our common Faith and what unites us as Christians rather than what divides us:
      #1: The Holy Trinity
      #2: The use of the Holy Bible ( 66 or 73)
      #3: Assembling with like- minded brethren on Sunday
      #4: An emphasis on living a God- pleasing life
      #5: Compassion and love for neighbors
      #6: Christmas and Easter
      #7: Brotherly and sisterly correction for an erring believer
      #8: Faith= Love and good works
      #9: A reverence and regard for Truth
      #10: An eager hope for Christ's return

      Can anybody think of anything else?
      I'd be willing to wager that #2, #3, #6, and #8 may produce some debate because they are not exactly held in common by all who have been in CH and may not be held in common by all present in CH now.

      I'd add

      #11 reverence for and joy in receiving the Lord's supper
      #12 a high regard for goodness in others and in God and in ourselves
      #13 Love of the brethren (that includes sisters too)
      Hidden Content Jesus said: "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father, who is in heaven. And I say to you, that you are Rock [Peter], and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
      Matthew 16:17-18

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      Quote Originally Posted by MoreCoffee View Post
      I'd be willing to wager that #2, #3, #6, and #8 may produce some debate because they are not exactly held in common by all who have been in CH and may not be held in common by all present in CH now.

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      #11 reverence for and joy in receiving the Lord's supper
      #12 a high regard for goodness in others and in God and in ourselves
      #13 Love of the brethren (that includes sisters too)
      Yes, definitely regard for the Sacraments ( Baptism, Holy Absolution and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper) and mutual love. Isn't that what Jesus said: " they'll know you for My disciples, if you have love for one another?" Faith is the root from which love grows and good works are the fruit of that love.

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      Even though I think it coincides with #5, blessed to be a blessing.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      Quote Originally Posted by Confessional Lutheran View Post
      Yes, definitely regard for the Sacraments ( Baptism, Holy Absolution and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper) and mutual love. Isn't that what Jesus said: " they'll know you for My disciples, if you have love for one another?" Faith is the root from which love grows and good works are the fruit of that love.
      A good way to put it is, Love is the soil in which faith may be planted and faith when it grows matures to produce the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
      Hidden Content Jesus said: "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father, who is in heaven. And I say to you, that you are Rock [Peter], and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
      Matthew 16:17-18

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      Theists, in fact Trinitarians
      We are justified by works - just not our own.

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      And I realize some articulate and understand this a bit differently, ultimately all Christians trust in Christ as the Savior. That's HUGE!!!!
      We are justified by works - just not our own.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Confessional Lutheran View Post
      We are brothers and sisters in Christ and to that end, I'd like to spark a conversation dealing with our common Faith and what unites us as Christians rather than what divides us:
      #1: The Holy Trinity
      #2: The use of the Holy Bible ( 66 or 73)
      #3: Assembling with like- minded brethren on Sunday
      #4: An emphasis on living a God- pleasing life
      #5: Compassion and love for neighbors
      #6: Christmas and Easter
      #7: Brotherly and sisterly correction for an erring believer
      #8: Faith= Love and good works
      #9: A reverence and regard for Truth
      #10: An eager hope for Christ's return

      Can anybody think of anything else?
      Baptism?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Imalive View Post
      Baptism?


      we all have baptism, except for Salvation Army people, but it's obvious that we can't agree on what baptism is.
      Hidden Content Jesus said: "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father, who is in heaven. And I say to you, that you are Rock [Peter], and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
      Matthew 16:17-18

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      Interesting list, however whilst the author seems to believe these are things that we Christians hold in common and indeed which unify all Christians, I do not share his opinion and I can cite a number of church splits over almost every single item on that list.

      So it seems that which is supposed to unite us can also divide!


      Pete from Peterborough UK

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