The Gospel

Servants of the Truth – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Servants of the Truth – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

It is on this point that Paul is most clear in his instructions to Timothy and to us. He and we are to “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.” It is the consistent, clear, straightforward presentation of the faith built on the solid foundation of Christ and the teaching of that faith by his apostles which is our strongest weapon and surest defense…In doing so we may not please the world but we will certainly serve the world, for we will be sharing the truth and, as our Lord has said, it is the Truth that shall set us free.

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Guarding the Gospel – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Guarding the Gospel – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Yes, we are to share the gospel, to witness and tell the story. But before we can do that we must guard the story and make sure it is told in our day just as Jesus, himself, told it and lived it…Perhaps this seems so self- evidently true that you wonder what the fuss is about. However, this has been the perennial problem of the church: in every age there have been those who would alter the message in one way or another to make it more attractive or palatable to their generation. So the Gnostics in the second century presented a Christ who was not human at all and Arius in the fourth century offered a Jesus who was not quite God. The church then, and in every age thereafter, has had to fight hard to preserve and protect its great treasure.

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The Advent of the Victor – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

The Advent of the Victor – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

“… as Mark says, his book is only “the beginning of the Gospel.” Jesus still continues his work today! And, through the Word of God, He calls us to participate with Him in the renewal of the world as the heralds of that Gospel in our speech and in our lives. We are called to participate as “agents of this renewal, the chosen instruments of a gracious God” (Fr. Robert Barron”). The Gospel not only tells us the story of Christ’s renewal of the world in the past, but speaks to us now, in the present, as to how we are meant to participate in that renewal.”

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