A Brand New Old Church: Part 4

A Biblical and Catechetical Church

We believe, without reservation, that Holy Scripture is the word of God and that a life in Christ is a life in the Scriptures. And when Scripture is prayed, studied, meditated upon, and obeyed – transformation happens. Thus, we want to be saturated in Scripture through participation in the daily office, through sermons given at the Holy Eucharist, through adult and children’s catechetical programs, and by providing resources for personal study.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

In concert with Scripture (for the liturgy of the Church is saturated with it) we want to educate people with regard to the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church by, for example, teaching the basics of the Faith in preparation for Confirmation (i.e. Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer); by teaching about the Church Fathers (e.g. The Ecumenical Councils and Creeds); and also having regular times outside of the liturgy (and even during it) to provide explanation regarding the services themselves (e.g. why we make the sign of the cross).

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ;who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Proper 28, 1979 Book of Common Prayer