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VICAR’S MESSAGE

REFORMATION, WITNESS AND HERITAGE

Love the Lord your God and keep His requirements, His decrees , His laws and His commands always.” -(Deut; 11: 1)

 

Curtain

Dear believers in Christ, 

        This Bible portion is an address by Mosses to Israelites. Heritage is passed on

from generation to generation, witness is the authentic expression of heritage ;

reformation means making a effectual witness at a particular time and context.

HERITAGE:- is based on God’s covenant with Israel; their election and liberation

history are part of their heritage. Living out this heritage is their witness. God’s

covenant with them included divine promises as well as their obligations, they were a

covenant community; it was God’s on covenant and based on God’s gracious initiative.

The Abrahamic covenant is an unconditional promissory covenant, but the Mosaic

covenant on Mount Horeb is a covenant of obligations, subject to blessings and curses,

in case of obedience or disobedience. This second type of covenant and the laws, which

were given to help people, were renewed or reformed on the basis of God’s forgiving

Grace. When we move from Mount Horeb to Calvary hill we see a new covenant signed

by The Blood of Jesus Christ.

WITNESS:- Both the Israelites and Christians are heirs to these covenants; we are

witnesses to this heritage and have responsibility to pass it on to others by living out or

doing the Gospel. Our whole way of life should be a testimony to the Grace and Mercy

of God. We are supposed to be mirrors reflecting the image of God.

REFORMATION:- We see three unifying factors in this text, which are one people, one

God and one worship. To make sense of their long history and their covenant

relationship with God it is an ongoing reformation necessary and it so now in our

continued existence as the new Israel through the new covenant. Reformations over the

centuries of the Mosaic laws. Instructions and rituals were primarily for preserving for

the purity of worship. Reformation of our church were also for preserving the purity of

worship through the liturgical revision and scripture based living. Reformation is not a

static event, it is an ongoing sacred movement under the guidance of the Holy Spirit for

the God given mission and witness of the Church. This month we have our important

program church retreat. We need your prayer participation and whole heartedly support

for the success of Church retreat. Please note all the upcoming Church events and

deliberately find time in your busy schedule for God’s glory. May Almighty Lord bless

each one of us by His Grace and love.

 

With love and Prayer

Sonyachen

June 2017