Discipleship is important to the St. James' Eufaula family. One part of our discipleship is learning about our faith and discussing it with others. As we grow together in the knowledge and love of Jesus, the Holy Spirit leads us in new directions both inside and outside the walls of our church. Discipleship and learning are not without questions. We learn and grow through interaction and discussion with others. We want to hear your questions and let you comment on questions posed by others. There are several Forum "threads" including one from our Adult Christian Education class. We also welcome thoughts, ideas, pictures and other resources helpful in the walk of faith. Join the discussion today.
The ground at the foot of the cross is level. We all stand in equal need of a Savior.
These words ring in my ears as I read today’s selection from Romans. Paul basically tells his readers there is no birthright or adherence to a set of deeds that become law that save us. We all do things that separate us from the love of God. We all need a savior.
The good news is that God’s saving hand of grace breaks into the world and each of our lives in Jesus. Paul begins to address the one way gift of God’s grace in the following verses and chapters.
The Rev. Ollie Rencher
Rector, Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN
Board of Directors, The Gathering of Leaders
The baptismal call to navigate this world and other human beings, our companion images of God, in the love, light, and hope of Jesus is no small charge. This daily invitation presents countless opportunities and lifechanging choices to move deeper into the way of Jesus and to make him known. Whenever we bless, rejoice, weep, serve, and seek both equity and peace with another, we faithfully are practicing Christian goodness. In all things and with God’s help, let us choose goodness in the name of Jesus.
The Rev. Valerie Balling
Rector, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Monmouth Junction, NJ
These few verses are the essense of the Baptismal Covenant, the blue-print of how to live as a Christian. Imagine what the world, or even our churches, would be like if we actually followed these tenets. Let's accept the challenge and practice thems each day, making them our holy habits.
The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining
Rector, St. Christopher's Episcopal, Gladwyne, PA
Board of Directors, Gathering of Leaders
In his letter to the Romans, Paul is asking us to “understand a mystery” so that we “may not claim to be wiser than we are.” How can one understand a mystery—especially one as complex as he is describing here? Perhaps, Paul is reminding us that the only wisdom we can truly claim is the knowledge that God knows infinitely more then we can ask or imagine. What a glorious mystery that is!