Classes on Basic Christian Doctrine

You are welcome to join us for a series of classes on basic Christian doctrine, using the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church as a basis.  The next topic, this Sunday (Feb. 19th) will be the Biblethe place it holds in Christian theology and how the Church understands it.  Later topics will include the Being of God, the Nature of Man, the Church, the Sacraments, and issues that have historically divided the Anglican Church from the Roman Catholic Church.  Your questions are welcome!  Each class will be self-contained, so come when you can.  Classes will be on the following dates at 9:10 (between the 8:00 and 10:30 liturgies):  Feb. 19th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, April 2nd, & April 9th.

Note: We will not meet on Feb. 26th or March 26th.

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Held to an account

February 15, 2017 – Wednesday Morning
Who can say, I have made my heart clean?1
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.2  They that are in the flesh cannot please God.3
To will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.4  We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf: and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.5
The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.6  God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.7
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.8
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1Pro 20:9; 2Psa 14:2,3; 3Rom 8:8; 4Rom 7:18,19; 5Isa 64:6; 6Gal 3:22; 72Co 5:19; 81Jo 1:8,9;
From Bagster’s Daily Light (KJV)
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“Office in a small city” Edward Hopper
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The Bright Morning Star

I am … the bright and morning Star.1

There shall come a star out of Jacob.2

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.3  Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bethel.4

Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.5

I am the light of the world.6  I will give him the morning star.7

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: … lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.8
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1Rev 22:16; 2Num 24:17; 3Rom 13:12; 4Sol 2:17; 5Isa 21:11,12; 6Joh 8:12; 7Rev 2:28; 8Mar 13:33-37;

From: Bagster’s Daily Light

 

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The Least Of These… who are they?

An important message from The Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs.

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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.  [Ecclesiastes 3:1]

In 2015, I was working with Congressional Leaders endeavoring to help Assyrian Christians escape the constant danger of Islamic terror. I was thankful for a small but growing number of Democrat and Republican House and Senate leaders who were supportive.

The words of Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Northern Iraq, showed the desperation faced by the Assyrian Christians: Throughout all these long centuries, we have experienced many hardships and persecutions, offering caravans of martyrs. Yet 2014 brought the worst acts of genocide against us in our history. We now face the extinction of Christianity as a religion and as a culture from Mesopotamia [ancient Iraq].

Despite ISIS’ targeting Iraqi Christians, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) told me on January 15, 2015 there was no way that Christians would…

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Does The Reformation Still Matter?

This article is reprinted from GAFCON.org A World Wide Association of Orthodox Anglicans. It is written by the General Secretary of GAFCON, Dr. Peter Jensen. Read it in it’s original format by following this link: gafcon.org

500 years on – does the reformation still matter?

Peter Jensen

When all is said and done, the fundamental question for every human being is, ‘How can a sinner like me stand before God on the Day of Judgement?’

Does this still matter? There is only one answer.

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Christian faith and the Church appeared early in Britain. But over the years, the teaching of the Church obscured the good news of the Gospel of Jesus.  By embracing the doctrine of the Protestant Reformers, the Church of England returned to its biblical foundations. It was not a new Church, but the Church reformed.

Our English Bible, our Prayer Book and the Articles of Religion were the product of those who were prepared to lay down their very lives for the truths which had gripped them. As far as they were concerned, the gospel itself was at stake. And that was more important than institutional unity.

We should regret the way in which lives on both sides were taken for the sake of the truth. But this in no way lessens our appreciation of and thankfulness for, those who were martyred for the biblical gospel. Their faithfulness made the gospel available to us.

What did martyrs like Archbishop Thomas Cranmer emphasise? Well, first of all, the sinfulness of sin and the mortal danger of the human soul. How can a sinner stand before the Judgement Seat of God?

They gave a clear and biblical answer.

The first thing they stressed was the sinfulness of the human race.

They stressed that sin is universal. There is only once Person who has lived without sin.

They stressed that sin is deadly. We will be judged by God for our sins and we deserve his condemnation.

They stressed that sin is a transgression of the revealed will of God, especially in his commandments. Sin is an offence against God himself.

They stressed that we are inwardly corrupt. Even the evil desires of the heart are sinful in themselves.

They stressed that we are enslaved by sin. We cannot even begin to turn to God in our own strength.

They stressed that we are helpless to help ourselves. Even our good works are tarnished by sin.

The Church of England produced a set of official sermons, called ‘Homilies’. They were to be read to congregations as setting forth the beliefs of the Church based on Scripture.

In particular, the first five of these are worth our study today, because they set out the nature of the biblical gospel. The first homily is on the place of Scripture. The second homily sets out very clearly, ‘the Misery of all mankind’. Given the teaching outlined above, it is not surprising that the homily says to us:
‘Let us look down upon our feet, and then down peacock’s feathers, down proud heart, down vile clay, frail and brittle vessels.’

Sin constitutes the essence of the human problem and leaves us with no capacity to help ourselves. No amount of human preening and optimism can save us.

In the centuries which have passed, two things are clear.  The biblical analysis as given to us by the reformers remains true. None of us ever have to teach our children to do the wrong thing – they do that without help from us. The wickedness and evil of the human heart is on display every day; when we fail to see it in others it is because we are accustomed to it; when we fail to see it on ourselves it is because we are hiding from the truth. When we fail to see it in history and in the headlines it is because we have deprived ourselves of the capacity to make sound moral judgements based on the law of God.

Secondly, the human race has an inveterately good opinion of itself. In particular, there have been cultural movement in the last centuries which have rejected the biblical account of our slavery to sin and our deserving of judgement and have inserted instead an optimistic account of human capacity and progress.

Unfortunately even some of the heirs to the Reformers in the Protestant Churches have embraced this unbiblical optimism. There has even been the suggestion that Christians can achieve perfection in this life. Often, too it has been taught that we must choose God and contribute something to our own salvation by good works.

Even more astonishing, we see in such movements as the prosperity gospel the worship of faith itself as though human faith is a power which will move God, instead of seeing it as taking all its strength from Jesus and exalting him alone.

This is all a long way from the Reformation re-statement of the gospel of God’s grace. If you want to see the Anglican teaching, you can study – and pray – the General Confession in the services of the Prayer Book of 1662.  You can also study Articles 9 and 10 of the 39 Articles and the Homily of the Misery of Man.

These sources will give you a very different account of what it is to be human from the optimism of so many in the Church and the world. And they will lay the proper foundation for understanding what God has done for us in Christ.

If you don’t understand the extent, power and horror of human evil, you cannot understand the Gospel of the grace of God.

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Nonpartisan Advice for Partisan Times

Or Picking Sides in the Kingdom of God…
We are living in interesting times.  Some are hopeful that things are about to change; some are fearful that things are about to change.  Here is some nonpartisan advice from Psalm 146:  “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help.”  The author of this Psalm had experience with good rulers and bad and knew that even the good deeds of any government were never permanent, they were liable to change and decay.  It is all right to support a government when you think it is going right and to oppose it when you think it is going wrong, but there is no permanent solution here.  What is the solution?  The Psalm continues:  “Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.”  Such a God of permanent goodness is worthy of praise and thanksgiving.  If you want to participate, please join us on Sunday mornings.  It doesn’t matter to us whether you are hopeful or fearful about current events as long as you recognize where permanent goodness is to be found:  in the God who made heaven and earth.
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Presentation of Our Lord

February 2 marks a feast (or holy day) that is near the end the season of Epiphany and a longer series of celebrations relating to the birth of Jesus.  The feast is often called The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.  It commemorates the Jewish custom of presenting first-born male children to God in the Jerusalem temple 40 days after birth.  Mary and Joseph faithfully followed this custom and brought Jesus to the temple along with an offering of two turtle doves (an option for poor people who could not afford a lamb offering). That is why this feast is celebrated 40 days after Christmas. The Gospel of Luke tells us that in the temple Jesus was recognized by holy people, Simeon and Anna, as the expected Jewish Messiah or savior.

This  feast day is also recognized as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Lutheran church this day was also commemorated in the office, found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, known as the churching of women. 40 days after child birth, mothers would return to the church for this blessing. The Gospel of Luke tells us that in the temple Jesus was recognized by holy people, Simeon and Anna, as the expected Jewish Messiah or savior.

Finally, The feast has another name, particularly in England — Candlemas. This name recalls the ancient custom of lighting candles to represent the lights in the temple at Jerusalem. We will be celebrating the  final Sunday of the Epiphany season this Sunday on February 5th.  This is a good time to look back over the last 40 days and consider what a blessing it is that Jesus, the Son of God, chose to become a real human being to share our life and to be our Savior from sin, evil and death.  At St. Barnabas, we worship Jesus as the Son of God, and we invite you to join us.

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The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

By Ambrogio Lorenzetti

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The Christian Life

January 26, 2017 – Thursday Morning

Let us go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.1

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.2  As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.3

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.4

They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.5  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.6
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1Heb 13:13,14; 21Pe 4:12,13; 32Co 1:7; 41Pe 4:14; 5Act 5:41; 6Heb 11:25,26;  From “Bagster’s Daily Light” (http://www.dailylight.co.uk/background.html)

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The Conversion of Saint Paul

CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL

 On January 25, the church celebrates the conversion of St. Paul, a dramatic event in early church history.  The story begins with a young and zealous Jewish scholar named Saul (probably named after the first king of Israel).  Saul was in Jerusalem shortly after Jesus’ crucifixion and he was alarmed at the rise of what he saw as a heretical Jewish sect called “The Way”, which said that Jesus had risen from the dead and was the long-awaited Jewish Messiah or savior.  One of the leaders of The Way, Stephen, gave a speech to the Jewish council in which he argued that Jesus was the Messiah and that the Jewish leaders had made a terrible mistake in rejecting him.  Saul was part of the infuriated mob that grabbed Stephen, hustled him outside the city limits, and stoned him to death.  Saul went further.  He got permission from the Jerusalem authorities to go to Damascus and arrest any members of The Way that he found there.  If that wasn’t dramatic enough, however, as Saul was traveling from Jerusalem to Damascus, he had a life-changing experience.  He said it was like a bright light and a voice from heaven telling him that he was wrong to persecute the followers of Jesus.  Saul picked himself up and proceeded to Damascus where he joined The Way (soon to be called the Christians).  His change of heart and life naturally stunned both Christians and Jews.  But Saul’s story was just getting started.  He became a leading member of the Christian movement, changed his name to Paul, traveled hundreds of miles across the Roman world and wrote letters that are an important part of the New Testament.  But these are issues for another time.  For now, we celebrate his conversion to Christianity.

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Look to this space for upcoming information about a new teaching series. On this Sunday, January 29th there will only be a single service at 10:30 am.

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Martin Luther King, jr. Day

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Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations“. (Isa. 42:1 ESV)

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