The work of the redemption of humankind by Jesus is often described at atonement. This is easily understood as 'At-One-Ment'. The gulf between humanity and God has be overcome in the person and work of Jesus.
Understanding and belief are different. For example, when we say ‘We believe …’ the things that are stated in the Nicene Creed, we are not saying that we understand them. What belief means in this context is ‘trust’, i.e. we place our trust in the truths that are represented by these words and concepts which are in the Creed.
Catholic, from the Greek phrase 'kata holos', meaning "according to the whole". It was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope. It is importantly a Church for all People, at All Times, and in All Places. To hold the catholic faith is to be inclusive.
The Compass Rose is a symbol of Anglican Communion. The center of the Compass Rose contains the cross of St. George and is surrounded by the inscription in Greek, "The truth shall set you free." The points of a compass reflect the spread of Anglican Christianity throughout the world.
A doctrine is a statement about a significant subject in theology with support for the statement being drawn from the scriptures. Most require lengthy definition (particularly after 2000 years of discussion and debate) but can be usefully summarized in a catechism.
Greek Word for 'thanksgiving'. The liturgy of bread and wine instituted by Jesus and also called Holy Communion, Mass, The Liturgy, The Lords Supper.
One of the great Bible verses is "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. Faith for us represents trust or reliance, not simply to believe something, but to be prepared to trust that belief. Faith does not a need us to abandon intellect and reason that we also see as gifts of God.
From the Old English 'God Speil', meaning 'God News' or 'Glad Tidings'. We use the word narrowly to describe the four accounts of the life and ministry, death and resurrection of the Lord, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We also use the word generally to describe the message of salvation, that God loves us and wants to be one with us.
Primarily a quality of God. The Hebrew word which we translate as ‘holy’ means ‘that which is separate, at a distance from’. It is a quality that causes humans to tremble with awe/fear in the experience of God’s presence (Isaiah 6:1-8).
The IC XC NIKA is another Christogram. The meaning is as follows. IC is a short form IESUS or Jesus XC is a short form XRISTOS or Christ NIKA is a greek word for Conquers or Victor. So it means Jesus Christ Conquers. The monogram is sometimes called Christus Victor
Justification is one a core themes of Paul's writing. In short, all have sinned and are falling short of the glory of God. God is both Justice and Love. God declares the sinner righteous as the debt has been paid in the death of Jesus, and through faith is available to all who believe. This is generally termed 'Justification by Faith'.
Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is an important part of the message of Jesus. The theme is however so profound, and it is unlikely to be explained simply. There is a sense of place, presence and event, process, was not so remote and regal it is much more about the closeness of God.
A Lectionary is a list or book of portions of the Bible set to be read in the liturgy. We use the APBA Lectionary. There are others, including the Roman, the Revised Common, and they have variations, yet they follow a common thread and often the Gospels Readings are similar. A Lectionary ensures all the Bible, not just our favourite bits, are read.
Maundy Thursday -
Maundy Thursday is the Day before Good Friday. The name Maundy is thought to come from the latin phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" - "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another"
A narthex of a church is the entrance or lobby area, at the end of the nave, at the far end from the church's main altar. A narthex is part of the church building, not part of the church proper. It is either an indoor area separated from the nave, or an external structure such as a porch. At All Saints' we enter and leave through the narthex.
Also spelt Ecumenical comes from the Greek oikoumene meaning the whole inhabited earth. It refers to the whole church, and is used to describe the movement for the recognition all believer share a common identity as one body in Christ. It looks for co-operation and unity of purpose between different parts of the church
The biblical sense of prophecy is ‘a proclamation of the word of God’ addressed to the nation/s or people, often in the context of a developing crises. So prophecy in the biblical sense is not crystal ball gazing or Tarot card reading, so much as shining Gods light.
In 1947 a couple of shepherds heard an echo as a stone hit a container. They discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls. Some of the texts are Biblical some Apocryphal, and some essentially secular. The Essene Community that lived here was a radical Jewish community with similarities to the New Testament accounts of John the Baptist.
Repent means to turn around and go the other way. The Greek word is "metanoia" which suggests that has to do with a turning of the mind. In the Bible most references involve an "and" which is implicit in the notion of stop going this way AND setting a new direction.
Synoptic Gospels -
Matthew, Mark and Luke, are sometimes called the 'Synoptic Gospels' as they have common stories, narrative and language, and they can be laid in parallel to compare the accounts. This has given rise to the theory of 'Q' and two source theory fairly widely accepted by scholars. John clearly stands apart for the first three Gospels.
The Trinity is core to our understanding of God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are revealed as God, whole and entire, not three gods but in absolute and profound unity, one God. It suggests at the heart of God is the relationship. This helps us understand why as human beings relationships are critical to our health and well being.
The ministry to the sick may include anointing with holy oil, which is called unction. This derives from ancient custom predating the christian era, and endorsed in the New Testament (James 5:14). Like all sacramental ministry it is through the physical we touch the spiritual.
When you come to the Eucharist on sunday the priest will normally be wearing vestments. These are traditional and and symbolic. These are usually an Alb, Stole and Chasuble.
Worship is the acknowledgement of the other, and the importance and worth of God in our lives. It happens in Church and in our lives, and may be corporate or private. See Worship Page
The Symbol of the P with the X is, the first two letters of the word Christ in Greek. A christogram that has been used since very early days in the Church.
The Tetragrammaton (four letters) YHWH is the reference to God from the Old Testament. The difficulty is that the four letters are all consonants and no vowels, which make it exceptionally difficult to pronounce, if not indeed impossible to say, and that may indeed be the point.
Zion is the Hebrew name for the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It was the site of the 1st & 2nd Temple, the most holy place in the world where God dwelt on earth. Observant Jews recite the Amidah 3 times a day facing Zion in Jerusalem, praying for the rebuilding of the Temple, the restoration of Temple service, the redemption of the world, and the coming of the Messiah.