Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Allen: learning about the Sacraments

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    It was [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
    —Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)
    I have a profound belief in the power of the Sacraments. I believe that in a Divine way the use of them teaches the teachable their inward meaning... and therefore I think that we need be in no hurry to attempt to teach new converts all that we think we know about them.
    ... Roland Allen (1869-1947), The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It, London: World Dominion Press, 1949, reprint, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1997, p. 204 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 4:11-13; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25; Rom. 6:3-4; Eph. 1:7-10; Col. 2:11-12; 1 Pet. 3:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit feeds Your people.
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