Sharing the Faith

Many denominations focus on one aspect of the Gospel more than others.  In the Episcopal Chruch we tend to emphasize the Resurrection and the New Life that comes from the Holy Spirit.  To outline how the Apostle Paul saw this process consider the following passages from Romans.

 

"3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 NRSV)"

 

"11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ[b] from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through[c] his Spirit that dwells in you. (Romans 8:11 NRSV)"

 

What this means is that through the sacrament of Baptism we died to the old way of life: a way of selfishness and sin, and were united to Christ in His resurrection, which means new life and a life filled with the Holy Spirit.  This new life manifests itself in many, many ways.  One is through the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Another is through Spiritual Gifts that are given to us in order to benefit others (1 Corinthians 12).  Still others are worshipping in the Spirit (John 4:23), and enjoying fellowship with others through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:13)

 

Life in the Spirit also has a societal component as well.  We believe that in Christ all are made equal as brothers and sisters.  This is why you will often see us working for social justice, helping the poor, and seeking to transform the structures of our society.  It's never a simple task, but we always strive to balance the freedom that comes from Christ with the love and respect owed to others as children of God.

 

Sharing faith in this way affects everything we do.  Since we're striving to live more fully into the Holy Spirit, every aspect of our lives is impacted as we share with others and seek to transform the world around us.