being faithful as God’s children in and through Jesus

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

God calls us to faithfulness as his children, to be obedient children in and through his Son, Jesus. That involves seeking to discern God’s will through scripture and the church, or through the church and scripture. We can’t separate the two. Scripture has primacy, since everything has to be judged by it, so we can say scripture first. But the church isn’t called “the pillar and foundation of the truth” for no reason. The church is not infallible, but it is the body in which the truth resides by the Spirit. Reason is involved along with experience. But the two prime movers are scripture and the church.

We are to be in prayer together and individually. Seeking to faithfully live out God’s will day after day. That even as our Lord pleased the Father, we in our following of Jesus might bring pleasure to him as well in and through Jesus, even in the midst of the struggle of this life.

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