Sunday, January 22, 2012

Why Church

Today, I would like to share with you,  the conception of the church,.
if we turn back to the first church which have been established by the Holy Spirit, we find that:
additional to the action had made by Jesus, confirming the holiness of the Church, when He defended the Temple saying: "My house shall be called house of prayer" (Matthew 21:13), we find in the( Acts 1:12 & 2:3):
 " they returned to Jerusalem  "The Twelve" from the mount called Olivet, which is close to Jerusalem,.. and when they had entered, they went up into the upper room.... these all continued with  one accord in prayer and supplication...."

"and when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, and suddenly .... and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit..."

thus, they were on the mount, but they went back to the house, so their prayer and the fullness from the Holy Spirit had been  happened in a place ( upper room ) not on the mount or desert nor under tree but in special place. this was confirming the necessity of a church building as a holy place , and house of God, and is the place where the Holy Spirit granting his gifts.

Thus, we realize that:
1- God has chosen the place ,
2- God chose special place to grant his holy gifts, not in open place.

So, our task is to maintaining a house of God who is place for prayer, and is a holy place of the descending of Holy Spirit.

thus, the church is a holy place and the house of God,
any sacred action, must be in  the church, not to change the churches into nightclubs or even place to store things, or to attend theater and so on.  

We heard some prefer to humanitarian service to the concept of the Church. as the Church is the enemy of humanity.
 I want to announce to you the Church was played the biggest role in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

And the humanitarian organizations of the Church is the largest and most into this World.

of course the humanitarian help very important matter, But when Christian lose the concept of the Church, all what he does, on  ground has a great value but without a soul.
 Because we believe that  Christ has the absolute power  and believe in his words are genuine.

and we have to remember Jesus Said:
and our task to take care on the souls before the body,
"The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment". (Luke 12:23)

"For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things". (Luke 12:30)
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning"; (Luke 12:35).

and the right way to do so is to keep the houses of God be open for prayer and for grant the holy Spirit.

in Christ
the humble servant in Christ
+Rev. Spyridon

Editor: Rev.Spyridon Tanous
Diocese of Leesburg
Orthodox Patristic Church- Sweden