Notes from Bishop Moon on Disciple’s Passion- Anglicans Ablaze 2018
Head, Heart and Soul
Our Giving should not be legalistic 10% the woman who gave 100 % was a true measure of a disciple. So next Sunday let us renewal our pledges for 2019 as true disciples giving all that we possess.
Discipleship- most Christians have ready and studied discipleship course others even have PhDs however this does not translate to a true disciple the story of the Rich Young man kept all the laws but to be a truly a disciple is to give up all and trust in God- go and sell all that you possess and come follow Christ. He found it very difficult to do. Head, heart and soul make one into a true disciple. Head Christians find it hard to embrace Christ’s demands.
In South Africa we have high levels of corruption juxtaposition with high number of people who call themselves Christians, so we have a lot of head Christians but not soul and heart Christians so not disciples of Christ. Jesus says, not all who say Lord, lord will enter the Kingdom of God. The story in Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira (two corrupt individuals whom God destroyed- Example of Camera Christians
We have different types of Christians
Crisis- Only need God when we are in a crisis
Menu -Only come to Church to pick and choose e.g. Preacher very bad, reader terrible, service too long and to critic
Consumer Christians- take, take and take never give back, time, money, talents or experience always complain and take.
Camera- Only Act as Christians when someone in watching or in the public eye
Recipe Christians- think that when we add everything in the pot we are Christians
Christians need to Go beyond the law
“unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
A true disciple of Christ needs to have basic knowledge of the basics Doctrines
Reading the Bible cover to cover every year and attend Mass and to fellowship with others
Doctrines taught in the catechism classes
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit
The Old Covenant
Leading a Christian life
The Nicene Creed e.g.
Reason we are unable to teach others is because we are illiterate as Christians in terms of knowing the Bible and the Doctrines and added to this our poor attendance at Mass. A true disciple is one who can teach others and explain the faith and finds joy in worshipping with others regularly, not when it is convenient- we are called to praise God in season and out of season and to worship with others regularly -we have been set apart through our Baptism to do for the world what it cannot do for itself and that it is to pray for it, daily. That is a true mark of being a disciple of Christ.
My name is Barnabas Sibusiso Nqindi, rector of St Barnabas-Bluff. I enjoy a good debate and I love to see people grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ