Chapter 12: The Christian Church Essay

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Lynn Malone, is currently the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Monroe, Louisiana. On June 13, 2008, Malone gave a homily that entailed a very key component of the Christian faith, the church. In this homily, the main concept of the homily is the church as being one whole entity. Throughout the homily, numerous examples are given that exemplify this concept. I will be discussing two themes more in depth throughout this paper, the Christian Church as one entity, and the universality of Christianity and Christ’s teachings.
The homily opens up with a quotation from the Apostolic creed, (the shortest of the three Christian creeds), which reads “I believe in the holy catholic ...view middle of the document...

” (qtd. Reese 163)” The key word that Malone then goes on to explain in further detail is the world catholic. This should not be understood as referring to the the branch of Christianity known as Roman Catholicism, but rather it means universality. Universality as defined by the Webster-Merriam Dictionary means: universal comprehensiveness in range. This ultimately means that Christ’s teachings are ones that are meant for all people not just a select denomination or religion. Examples of Christ’s universality can be seen throughout the bible. In Luke 3:6 it reads “and All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” This excerpt outlines a major component of the Christian faith, that everyone has the potential for salvation. Going along with universality, this quote to me is seen as supporting universal salvation. Universal salvation is a belief that states all will be saved without regards to beliefs, how they lived, or what their hopes are. In Romans 1:16, the universality of God’s grace can also be seen: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Grecian.” This quote perfectly exemplifies the universal grace that God offers to the world. “Some joyfully receive that saving grace; others reject God’s love through indifference, another Gospel, or works.” (qtd. Reese 80) Ultimately, God’s grace is offered to everyone in the world, but it is up to people to answer that call. If people reject that call, it is of their own doing. God ultimately wants everyone to be saved, but it is up to people themselves to decide their fate.
I believe that pastor Malone has correctly explained the theological point of this chapter, which is the...

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