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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
May 29th, 2015 by Joel Watts

the Irish Methodist definition of the Church Universal

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I rather enjoy this:

The Church of Christ is the Company of His Disciples, consisting of all those who accept Him as the Son of God and their Saviour from sin, and who unite in loving fellowship, and strive to promote the Kingdom of God. It includes the blessed company of all faithful people, not only those sojourning on earth but the saints departed who live unto God. The Visible Church consists of all persons throughout the world who profess to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and to live obedient to the precepts of His Word, together with their children. Though gathered in many folds, and differing in race and language, and differing also in doctrine and usage, there subsists notwithstanding “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church,” united in “the faith and knowledge of the Son of God.” Among the living branches of the Church of Christ, the Methodist Church with its missionary and daughter Churches in many lands holds a responsible and influential place.

I wonder if we can get it placed in our Book of Discipline…

I’d wager you couldn’t because actually believing in Jesus as the Son of God and Saviour from sin would turn many Methodists off.

I like all of it, and especially the fact that they include the departed.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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3 Responses to “the Irish Methodist definition of the Church Universal”
  1. “especially the fact that they include the departed”…
    Considering there is no marriage in heaven, this makes the gay marriage issue on earth a rather trivial matter. Like a bunch of kids fighting over toys, or “my Daddy can beat your Daddy!” Or “I’m going to hold my breath until you gay people go away”. Or “It’s my football (bible), if I don’t get my way, I’ll go home and no one gets to play!”

  2. Keith Caldwell says

    In the 2012 Bod Paragraph 102 page 47 under basic Christian Affirmations states “We confess belief in the triune God-Father Son and Holy Spirit.” On page 35 of the UMH under Baptism confirmation into the UMC a candidate is asked do you believe in Jesus Christ? The candidate responds, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our LORD, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” If we do not believe these statements when we take our confirmation vows we are deceitful and lie, I would have no problem with putting the Irish Creed in the BOD, however if a person does not believe what they say printing it one more time in the Book of Discipline or in a Catechism would do no good.

  3. Lucky I was baptized a Lutheran at about age 11 months. Or, as an oxymoron, I was grandfathered-in at 11 months. UMC says one baptism is enough.

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