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Fearless Eric Blehm. Confessions of a Funeral Director Caleb Wilde. Falling Upward Richard Rohr. Bead by Bead Meggie K Daly. Every Good Endeavour Timothy Keller. Hearing God Nathan Finochio. Serving without sinking John Hindley. How to Survive a Shipwreck Jonathan Martin. In his great letter to the Romans, St. Paul, having concluded his rather systematic theological argument in chapters , turns typically, in chapter 12, to the moral and ethical consequences of Christian doctrine for practical living in the Christian community.
Christian faith is inseparable from Christian conduct. In trying to understand the relationship between faith and life, doctrine and ethics, it is important to avoid a common misunderstanding by arranging these two elements too neatly under the notions of "theory" and "practice", as if there is a system of maxims and directions for Christian living as distinct from Christian theology. In fact, St. Paul wants us to understand that every action of the believer is based upon the previous action of God in Christ: It is precisely because of what God has done in Christ that Christians are called to respond in a faith that works itself out in live and service.
This means that St. Paul's exhortations for Christian living are really another way of expressing the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. When St. Paul, in Romans , begins his appeal to the Roman Christians "by the mercies of God", he is in effect reminding them of the entire previous doctrinal part of his letter. His saying that all subsequent counsel about conduct springs from the previous declaration of doctrine.
The new relationship between God and humanity, established by the love of God in Christ, awakens in the faithful an appropriate response, obliging them to be consecrated to God's service. The vitality of a Christian is seen in a new life that is offered to God, and dedicate to serving the will of God in all we are and do. The truest sacrifice is to live according to God's will, and the truest freedom is found in the most dedicate service and worship of God.
The Christian gospel requires that lives must be cleansed by repentance and renewal; they must be marked by holiness that is expressed by discipline of ordinary experiences in daily life.
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To worship God in truth and spirit is to dedicate ourselves to him without reserve, so that the moral quality of our life may correspond consistently with the will of God. The prevailing weakness in the Christianity of our day is increasing acceptance of the dominant intellectual, moral and social atmosphere of the age. We too readily conform to the outward fashions and conventions which our society dictates.
When our alertness to evil is disarmed, we drift into agreement with the ever changing things the world demands. Therefore, St. Paul reminds Christians of every age: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God". The new age which God has inaugurated in Christ requires a new and risen life in the Christian community.
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This newness is not a matter of chronological time, but a newness of character and nature. The children of the world have been made the children of God, and they must live accordingly. It is the very decisive power of God's Spirit, with God's transforming effect upon our lives, that makes it possible for us to discern and to prove "what is the will of God". Thus we discover in our actual situation what God would have us do, as we find our place and discharge our responsibilities in the reconciling and healing Christian community.
While it is a personal obligation of every Christian to discover and experience the possibilities of the new life in Christ, it is certainly not an individual achievement. Nobody could be a Christian alone, as an isolated individual, but only together with the other brothers and sisters in Christ. From the very beginning Christianity existed as a corporate reality; to be a Christian meant that one belonged to the church.
- Romans 12, 1-21.
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But it was not a community based on social cohesion, mutual affection, or any other natural attraction. Christian existence presumes an incorporation, a membership in the apostolic community, which was gathered and constituted by Jesus himself. Christians are united not only among themselves, but first of all they are one in Christ. This prior communion with Christ makes the communion of all the brothers and sisters first possible in him. A favorite thought of St.
Paul is of the church as a body cf. The members of the body neither argue with each other, nor envy each other, nor dispute about their relative importance. Each part of the body carries out its own function, however humble that function may be. The Christian community, Paul believed, should be like that. Each member has a task to do; and it is only when each contributes the help of his own task that the body of community functions as it should. Any inflated notion of our importance distorts our self-awareness and jeopardizes our proper relationship with others.
Christian fellowship requires modesty, sober judgement and true insight, which spring from real. Christian humility, which in turn comes to us with the standard of faith given to us as a gift of grace from God. An honest assessment of our own capabilities, without conceit and without false modesty, is one of the first essentials of a useful life. We are to use the gift God has given us, as best as we can, even if it is a humble one. We are not to envy some one else's gift, and regret that some other gift has not been to us.
Every charisma comes from God and must be used, not for our own prestige, but with the conviction that it is our duty and privilege to make our contribution, however humble, for the common good of the whole community and of the individual members. A sense of interdependence with others and the proper understanding and discharge of our responsibilities within the Christian community will not only teach us to use the aptitudes committed to us by God for welfare of the whole body, but it will also lift us up to a closer and more authentic relationship with Christ.
While St. Paul had no sympathy with spectacular exhibits of religious gifts that do not edify the faithful, he was quick to emphasize that gifts be used to achieve the purpose for which it is intended. Even the very practical gifts of helpfulness must be practiced in the appropriate spirit of kindness and cheerfulness, and never be degenerated into lifeless and disagreeable duties. In verses , St.
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