aristides behold, how they love one another


romanticize the early church as an age of purity to which we should seek to return How do we love children? They confess their faith in the triune God at stand with their fellow Christians even at the cost of their own lives. And as for their words and their precepts, O King, and their glorying in their worship, and the hope of earning according to the work of each one of them their recompense which they look for in another world,-you may learn about these from their writings. We now stand in a very different place in our nation’s history, and I know that I speak to a very different congregation than John Stott spoke to in 1970. John R. W. Stott, rector of All Souls Church in London, and chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II. Aristides’ letter and its content apparently became well-known outside of the Emperor’s household and staff; as it is mentioned in historical writings by Eusebius of Caesarea, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus (aka. We began to look at the Book of Acts about a month ago, and we come now this evening to the closing section of chapter 2, and beginning at verse 42 and reading to the end of the chapter. In 1970, John R. W. Stott concluded his hour-long Bible Study by turning our thoughts to loving the world. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. On the monthly day, if he likes, each puts in a small donation; but only if it be his pleasure, and only if he be able: for there is no compulsion; all is voluntary. John R. W. Stott, given at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Urbana Missions Conference, 1970. How They Love One Another! They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. Set to a simple tune the words “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love; they will know that we are Christians by our love.” became a bright and shining light to our generation of young believers. How They Love One Another: Cardinal O'Malley Turns Against Cardinal Dolan Boston Cardinal Seán O'Malley, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, denounced his confrere, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan before the Washington Nuncio for allegedly covering-up abuses (English letter below). That type of love is so rarely seen, it would seem peculiar. For our elders, the church seemed to stand against the tides of peace and justice, while we wanted it to stand for the higher values embodied in our faith. They still hold true today. for their sake the glorious things which are in the world flow forth to view. And they strive to be righteous as those who expect to behold their Messiah, and to receive from Him with great glory the promises made concerning them. A Heart of Love Touched by the Spirit of God (Acts 4:36-37). And if there is among them any that is poor and needy, and if they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food. Or are we meant to offer our lives in Christ’s service in a developing country abroad – as a doctor, nurse, teacher, agriculturalist or social worker – when it would be more lucrative and more respectable to pursue our profession at home?” Then Stott really pushed his audience, arguing that they needed to learn to love those whom most in America’s church scorned – the counter-culture, free-sex, drug-addicted, dropping-out-of-society ‘hippies.’. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their homes and rejoice over him as a very brother; for they do not call them brethren after the flesh, but brethren after the spirit and in God. And thus they employ their whole lifetime. They do not worship idols (made) in the image of man; and whatsoever they would not that others should do unto them, they do not to others; and of the food which is consecrated to idols they do not eat, for they are pure. Box 187, As an Open and Affirming congregation, we welcome people of all ages, races, lifestyles, and sexual orientation. - (2) The demand which this glorification would make on the mutual fidelity and affection of the disciples. One of the most loving things that we can do for each other as a church family is to pray for one another. See, they say, how they love one another . Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and from widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” In so doing, Stott was drawing upon a very ancient understanding of what it means to be the church. These gifts are, as it were, piety’s deposit fund. C. Acts teaches us about the worldwide mission of … “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. That is, we only can tell the world that God sent Jesus Christ to mankind—the most important thing in … Behold How They Love One Another. Jesus rises from the table, puts on the apron of a slave, gathers a basin of water, and then systematically begins washing the feet of his disciples. In chapters 15 and 16, Aristides describes the commandments of God and claims Christians "walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another." These Christians lived, what Jesus commanded, “Love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. , and delivered to Emperor Hadrian circa 124-133 AD. “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). “See how they love one another!” they would remark. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. . She is a California native and currently studies Philosophy and Religion at Hillsdale College in Michigan. The love he gave to them was love modeled after that first seen in our ‘foot-washing Lord and Savior’. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:13-15). And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. In Aristides’ writings describing early second-century Christians, he gives firsthand observation and testimony about how Christians had continued to demonstrate great devotedness and selflessness towards others. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. I Peter 4:7-11. Love One Another Tip #1. Around 200AD, Tertullian wrote the following quote as an expression of the astonishment the pagans of the day had when they witnessed the love and caring among the Christians: "See how they love one another." The era of Civil Rights is past, it seems, and its accomplishments have been significant and profoundly important. See, they say, how they love one another, for they themselves are animated by mutual hatred. “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). Aristides was an early second-century Greek Christian and philosopher who presented a letter of defense to the reigning Caesar (Emperor), Hadrian. SERMON: It is one of my peculiarities, that I look to the past – the very distant past, to find clues to a meaningful life in the present. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their own homes and rejoice over him as a … In John 13:35 we found our truth: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This truth soon appeared in song. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”, In December 1970, I was a 23-year-old theology student living in Boston, who had just met a young college student from Toronto who would later become my wife. Just as Stott that day challenged his listeners to love sacrificially so I ask you to love sacrificially and humbly. Aristides was an early second-century Greek Christian and philosopher who presented a letter of defense to the reigning Caesar (Emperor), Hadrian. Falsehood is not found among them.” “They love one another in action, not just words.” Aristides noted that “they love one another; the widows’ needs are not ignored, and they rescue … And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. Tag Archives: Aristides behold how they love one another “The Growing Christian Life” (I Peter 1:22 sermon) Posted on 2019/06/24 by Shawn Thomas. 36 “Lord, where are You going?” Simon Peter asked. “For, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). See how they love each other, indeed, but … That type of love is so rarely seen, it would seem peculiar. See, they say, how they love one another, for themselves are animated by mutual hatred; how they are ready even to die for one another, for they themselves will sooner put to death. John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Falsehood is not found among them.” “They love one another in action, not just words.” Aristides noted that “they love one another; the widows’ needs are not ignored, and they rescue the orphan from the person who does him violence. “They are a joyful people.” Aristides watched as “they go their way in all humility and cheerfulness. As you already know, I served in the parish for more than 35 years – 25 of them in neighboring Lebanon – before receiving this call, and I learned a long time ago that the Meriden Congregational United Church of Christ had a significant voice that was being heard in the Upper Valley, the New Hampshire Conference, and even the wider United Church of Christ – a voice of compassion, of voice at once deeply spiritual and rooted in the present reality, a voice urging justice and peace in our world. And verily, this is a new people, and there is something divine (lit: “a divine admixture”) in the midst of them. And their oppressors they appease (lit: comfort) and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies; and their women, O King, are pure as virgins, and their daughters are modest; and their men keep themselves from every unlawful union and from all uncleanness, in the hope of a recompense to come in the other world. When we realize the true character of some unsaved people, or the values they have, or the way they treat other people, why do we as Christians put up with them? In the latter part of the second century, the Christian leader Tertullian wrote a defense of Christian practice called the Apologia. “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. And verily, they are those who found the truth when they went about and made search for it; and from what we considered, we learned that they alone come near to a knowledge of the truth. They were free from anxiety because they knew that tomorrow was in God’s hands. Saint Jerome), and other ancient writers. GREETING: I am deeply grateful to John and Susan for inviting me to share in this worship service, to help you think together about the future and the place that this church will have in the future of Meriden, the Upper Valley, and – indeed – the entire human community. Young people, disappointed by the church, were leaving it in droves. P.O. [1] “The Foot-Washing Lord and Savior” An Exposition of John 13 by the Rev. XVI. Though I speak in this very different time, it is, I would observe, not really a better time. These Christians’ love was so clearly demonstrated in actions, that the sincerity of their heart was undeniable. The teacher that day was the Rev. They observe the precepts of their Messiah with much care, living justly and soberly as the Lord their God commanded them. These Christians lived, what Jesus commanded, “Love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Great love can be shown not by merely saying “I’ll pray for you” but by putting a hand on someone’s shoulder right … Further, as outsiders considered the expressions of love shown by these Christians, they consequently had to consider the source of that love—who is Jesus Christ. The civil rights movement and the war in Viet Nam had created enormous divisions within both church and society. These Christians’ love was so clearly demonstrated in actions, that the sincerity of their heart was undeniable. 100–ca. That is, we only can tell the world that God sent Jesus Christ to mankind—the most important thing in … And he who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. I have noticed that a lot of time and effort is spent around here by people trying to make things grow. Or to give ourselves in genuine friendship – not superficial but sacrificial – to someone hooked on drugs, and stand by him faithfully during the painful period of withdrawal? Indeed, we find ourselves living in a society that is growing increasingly fractured. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. I have participated in these and while the experience is very humbling, and sometimes a bit embarrassing for the one who receives the foot-washing, I don’t think institutionalized ‘foot-washing services’ are what Jesus had in mind. From a world-view, these Christians must’ve been seemed “peculiar.” Not in a negative sense, but in the genuineness and graciousness of their love. Pray. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. This suggests the Emperor was so impressed with Aristides’ writing that he didn’t discard it but, instead, released the letter for public viewing. But the challenges of bringing authentic justice into being in our land are daunting. In 1966, Peter Scholtes, published the hymn, They’ll know we are Christians by our Love. The language and sentiments of so many American people were just too angry and intolerant for me. They assemble together as a body. Love was the fire of the martyrs. I am also grateful for the calling I received from the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ to be its Associate Conference Minister, and to have a significant role in the lives of our churches and pastors. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Read full chapter As men who know God, they ask from Him petitions which are fitting for Him to grant and for them to receive. It was said of the early Christians, "Behold, how they love one another." And I pray that when people write our histories, they will say of us what has been said of those living in Tertullian’s second century era, “Behold, how they love one another.” May that be our deepest and most lasting legacy. As Simon Peter wrote, “see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22). By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one anoth. That expression—which has been repeated for centuries—is: “Behold, how they love one another.”. 160–220). Aristides was an early second-. The first great North African theologian was Tertullian(ca. We are not doing a very good job of teaching the importance of love. "Behold! Earlier in chapter 13 of John Jesus gives us his take on this command. It ought to still be said of followers of Christ, “Behold, how they love one another! that all (men) will learn that we are Christ’s disciples (v. 35), because it is only by such love that we shall bear Christ’s likeness.”[1]. .” [2]. “Perhaps no one has captured the exuberant spirit of simple caring and sharing better than the Christian philosopher Aristides, whose words (written in A.D. 125) are so moving that they are best quoted in full: They walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another. Wherefore they do not commit adultery nor fornication, nor bear false witness, nor embezzle what is held in pledge, nor covet what is not theirs. Jesus said: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-45 KJV).Â. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Love was the power of early Christian witness to the Resurrected Christ. If you would like to read further, you can find a full translation at either of these links: Â, http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/aristides_05_trans.htm, http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/aristides-kay.html. Pray. I don’t pretend that what I say will alter the course of this church’s history one bit, but I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to speak in your midst and to your future. **The full text of The Apology of Aristides contains even more treasures. Such, O King, is the commandment of the law of the Christians, and such is their manner of life. Thursday, March 28, 2019 Earlier this week, the world learned that Pope Francis is uncomfortable letting lay people kiss his papal ring. In the Book of Acts, Luke wrote about the early first-century Church, “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. . In his talk that day, Stott said, “If the love in our hearts is Christ’s love, we shall not shrink from sacrificial service, from a service which is costly in energy, dignity, money or time. Further, as outsiders considered the expressions of love shown by these Christians, they consequently had to consider the source of that love—who is Jesus Christ. And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity, and if it is possible to redeem him they set him free. As our sign says, “All Are Welcome.”, A spiritually progressive, open and affirming, congregation of the United Church of Christ, Updated UCC website offers much more than just a new look, Video series, coming seminars show how focus on generosity can invigorate congregations, ‘Crazy big’ Christmas gift brightens Nebraska city, helps kids. It ought to still be said of followers of Christ, “Behold, how they love one another! They honour father and mother, and show kindness to those near to them; and whenever they are judges, they judge uprightly. I have noticed that a lot of time and effort is spent around here by people trying to make things grow. To appreciate the centrality of reconciliation to the church’s ministry. In Greek, Philadelphia is almost always used of the love among the children in a family. Talking to us that day in the University of Illinois’ great arena, Stott taught us Jesus Christ’s first and great commandment, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. This is increasingly visible in our Senate and House of Representatives which are finding it harder to work across the aisle in order to produce legislation that will benefit society. After defending the church from false accusations, Tertullian went on to explain what Christians do and why they do it. "Look," they say, "how they love one another" (for they themselves hate one another); "and how they are ready to die for each other" (for they themselves are readier to kill each other). They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. When we gathered on that day in December 1970, we were momentarily stepping out of a country at war with itself , to consider our calling to be Christian young people. What would that look like? How they love one another." So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. - posted by MaryJane, on: 2011/1/16 9:01 One of the most profound comments made regarding the early church came from the lips of a man named Aristides, sen t by the Emperor Hadrian to spy out those strange creatures known as "Christians." I wonder how many people look at us and say the same. To reflect on how worship—singing, teaching, the Lord’s Table, and baptism—shapes those sensitivities of forgiving people that were discussed in the previous study. XV: But the Christians, O King, while they went about and made search, have found the truth; and as we learned from their writings, they have come nearer to truth and genuine knowledge than the rest of the nations. The early Christians' love for each other went far beyond pious sentimentality. 34 A new commandment () I give to you, () that you love one another: () just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. In this and many ways our ‘Christian’ land is polarized, and our religion doesn’t seem to be much help in moderating the discussions. Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Baptism of Jesus Sunday at the…, May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in…, Matthew 6:19-34 Sixth Sunday of Thanksgiving A small booklet published recently by the Congregational Vitality…, Matthew 23:11-12 All Saints Sunday One of the great gifts of celebrating All Saints Sunday…, Matthew 22:34-40 World Communion Sunday Underlying our theme for this year of “Building and Deepening…, Mark 10:13-16 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Perhaps you’ve had the chance to read a fascinating…, Matthew 18:21-22 International Peace Day Sunday “Long live absolute world peace.” So reads the inscription…, © 2016 Meriden Congregational Church by MCC, Meriden Congregational Church

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