Tag Archives: Aristides behold how they love one another “The Growing Christian Life” (I Peter 1:22 sermon) Posted on 2019/06/24 by Shawn Thomas. century Greek Christian and philosopher who presented a letter of defense to the reigning Caesar (Emperor), Hadrian. Is (God) calling us to work with penitence and without paternalism in a rundown inner city area or ghetto? These gifts are, as it were, piety’s deposit fund. See How They Love One Another Lesson Plans Teaching Goals 1. The early Christians' love for each other went far beyond pious sentimentality. These Christians’ love was so clearly demonstrated in actions, that the sincerity of their heart was undeniable. McCain quietly and courageously answered, ‘This is not what our country is all about.” Yesterday, searching for the exact words that were used, I scanned a dozen or more articles before giving up. And I pray that when people write our histories, they will say of us what has been said of those living in Tertullian’s second century era, “Behold, how they love one another.” May that be our deepest and most lasting legacy. And if there is among them any that is poor and needy, and if they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food. Verses 34, 35. Addressing the 13,000 evangelical and fundamentalist young people, he challenged his listeners to consider their calling to serve, asking, “Is (God) calling us to spend time with somebody who is lonely or emotionally unstable or mentally sick, when we would rather relax with our friends? Thursday, March 28, 2019 Earlier this week, the world learned that Pope Francis is uncomfortable letting lay people kiss his papal ring. There was little support in the Baptist church I attended for the important work that Martin Luther King Jr. was doing to end segregation, and only scorn for those who were burning their draft cards in an effort to bring to an end a horribly unjust war. Stephen P. White. Aristides’ letter and its content apparently became well-known outside of the Emperor’s household and staff; as it is mentioned in historical writings by Eusebius of Caesarea, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus (aka. C. Acts teaches us about the worldwide mission of … And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. In 1966, Peter Scholtes, published the hymn, They’ll know we are Christians by our Love. As our sign says, “All Are Welcome.”, A spiritually progressive, open and affirming, congregation of the United Church of Christ, Updated UCC website offers much more than just a new look, Video series, coming seminars show how focus on generosity can invigorate congregations, ‘Crazy big’ Christmas gift brightens Nebraska city, helps kids. Tertullian contrasts holy Christian love of the brethren with the sexual depravities of Roman culture, and then he goes on to describe Christian love feasts. How They Love One Another: Cardinal O'Malley Turns Against Cardinal Dolan Boston Cardinal Seán O'Malley, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, denounced his confrere, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan before the Washington Nuncio for allegedly covering-up abuses (English letter below). Jesus rises from the table, puts on the apron of a slave, gathers a basin of water, and then systematically begins washing the feet of his disciples. I am also grateful for the calling I received from the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ to be its Associate Conference Minister, and to have a significant role in the lives of our churches and pastors. John R. W. Stott, rector of All Souls Church in London, and chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II. The problem of loving, however, may not lie so much in the people we are commanded to love, as it does in our understanding of what it means to love. The language and sentiments of so many American people were just too angry and intolerant for me. I wonder how many people look at us and say the same. Or are we meant to offer our lives in Christ’s service in a developing country abroad – as a doctor, nurse, teacher, agriculturalist or social worker – when it would be more lucrative and more respectable to pursue our profession at home?” Then Stott really pushed his audience, arguing that they needed to learn to love those whom most in America’s church scorned – the counter-culture, free-sex, drug-addicted, dropping-out-of-society ‘hippies.’. Now turn with me in the New Testament to The Acts of the Apostles. SERMON: It is one of my peculiarities, that I look to the past – the very distant past, to find clues to a meaningful life in the present. And they strive to be righteous as those who expect to behold their Messiah, and to receive from Him with great glory the promises made concerning them. Through a series of curious circumstances, we had gathered with some 13,000 other students in a large arena at the University of Illinois for Bible study. 1… For they are not taken thence and spent on feasts, and drinking-bouts, and eating-houses, but to support and bury poor people, to supply the wants of boys and girls destitute of means and parents, and of old persons confined now to the house; such, too, as have suffered shipwreck; and if there happen to be any in the mines, or banished to the islands, or shut up in the prisons . Great love can be shown not by merely saying “I’ll pray for you” but by putting a hand on someone’s shoulder right … See, they say about us, how they are ready even to die for one another, for they themselves would sooner kill." And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. One of the most loving things that we can do for each other as a church family is to pray for one another. - (2) The demand which this glorification would make on the mutual fidelity and affection of the disciples. 160–220). And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. P.O. That is, we only can tell the world that God sent Jesus Christ to mankind—the most important thing in … Every morning and every hour they give thanks and praise to God for His loving-kindnesses toward them; and for their food and their drink they offer thanksgiving to Him. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one anoth. How they love one another." 17:21). “For, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Purchase online – sites available in 5 countries, James Callen – Follower of Jesus Christ, Bible teacher, and award-winning Christian author, Love one another in Christ: Christian example from the early Church. The civil rights movement and the war in Viet Nam had created enormous divisions within both church and society. See, they say, how they love one another . XV: But the Christians, O King, while they went about and made search, have found the truth; and as we learned from their writings, they have come nearer to truth and genuine knowledge than the rest of the nations. Saint Jerome), and other ancient writers. Pray. This is increasingly visible in our Senate and House of Representatives which are finding it harder to work across the aisle in order to produce legislation that will benefit society. Baptized with God’s Love Every Day! Let us pray. As you already know, I served in the parish for more than 35 years – 25 of them in neighboring Lebanon – before receiving this call, and I learned a long time ago that the Meriden Congregational United Church of Christ had a significant voice that was being heard in the Upper Valley, the New Hampshire Conference, and even the wider United Church of Christ – a voice of compassion, of voice at once deeply spiritual and rooted in the present reality, a voice urging justice and peace in our world. Behold! The love he gave to them was love modeled after that first seen in our ‘foot-washing Lord and Savior’. How do we teach each child and each adult to love the people that are hard to love? 34 A new commandment () I give to you, () that you love one another: () just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Governor Pliny writes Emperor Trajan for advice in dealing with "The Christian Problem" (AD 112) The phrase “brotherly love” in vs. 9 translates Philadelphia, a word partly based on the root of philia. I think you’ll be surprised at what he says: “There is no buying and selling of any sort in the things of God. Set to a simple tune the words “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love; they will know that we are Christians by our love.” became a bright and shining light to our generation of young believers. I have noticed that a lot of time and effort is spent around here by people trying to make things grow. 36 “Lord, where are You going?” Simon Peter asked. In his talk that day, Stott said, “If the love in our hearts is Christ’s love, we shall not shrink from sacrificial service, from a service which is costly in energy, dignity, money or time. This letter was entitled, The Apology of Aristides, and delivered to Emperor Hadrian circa 124-133 AD. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. Love One Another John 13:34 A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. “For, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Then, having washed their feet, Jesus says, “You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. She is a California native and currently studies Philosophy and Religion at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Aristides watched as “they go their way in all humility and cheerfulness. John R. W. Stott, given at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Urbana Missions Conference, 1970. The first great North African theologian was Tertullian(ca. "Behold how they love one another..." 3 How do we love one another? I Peter 4:7-11. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son … And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity, and if it is possible to redeem him they set him free. “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). See, they say, how they love one another, for they themselves are animated by mutual hatred. And verily, this is a new people, and there is something divine (lit: “a divine admixture”) in the midst of them. Or to give ourselves in genuine friendship – not superficial but sacrificial – to someone hooked on drugs, and stand by him faithfully during the painful period of withdrawal? In Greek, Philadelphia is almost always used of the love among the children in a family. Their piety is as much an inward reality as it is an outward act. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:13-15). . In more liberal churches, where sermons were preached against the war and in support of civil rights, pastors often found themselves at odds with their deacons, and at times fired from their jobs. The older I … And when a child has been born to one of them, they give thanks to God; and if moreover it happen to die in childhood, they give thanks to God the more, as for one who has passed through the world without sins. We began to look at the Book of Acts about a month ago, and we come now this evening to the closing section of chapter 2, and beginning at verse 42 and reading to the end of the chapter. Around 200AD, Tertullian wrote the following quote as an expression of the astonishment the pagans of the day had when they witnessed the love and caring among the Christians: "See how they love one another." Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. And when we do so, may the world say of us what one ancient non-believer said of the early Church: “Behold, how they love one another.” Taryn Murphy is a summer intern with the Creative Services department at Focus on the Family. One of the most loving things that we can do for each other as a church family is to pray for one another. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” In so doing, Stott was drawing upon a very ancient understanding of what it means to be the church. In 1966, Peter Scholtes, published the hymn, “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). I can find no more profound wisdom, nor greater inspiration in all of sacred history than in the simple words of Jesus, recorded for us in John 13:34: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And he who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me (Jn. And as for their words and their precepts, O King, and their glorying in their worship, and the hope of earning according to the work of each one of them their recompense which they look for in another world,-you may learn about these from their writings. It’s said that Scholtes took inspiration for the chorus’ lyric in light of  John 13:34-35, and as he reflected over an expression that tradition holds was frequently used by those outside the Church body, in speaking about Christians of the early Church. In Aristides’ writings describing early second-century Christians, he gives firsthand observation and testimony about how Christians had continued to demonstrate great devotedness and selflessness towards others. Great love can be shown not by merely saying “I’ll pray for you” but by putting a hand on someone’s shoulder right then and there and lifting up the need in prayer. These Christians lived, what Jesus commanded, “Love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Young people, disappointed by the church, were leaving it in droves. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-45 KJV).Â. A Heart of Love Touched by the Spirit of God (Acts 4:36-37). I have noticed that a lot of time and effort is spent around here by people trying to make things grow. . Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and from widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. Aristides wrote about how Christians conducted themselves, and how deeply they cared for others. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Noticed that a lot of time and effort is spent around here by people trying make... 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