All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 (New Living Translation)
What is the church?
The passage reads: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (New International Version)
In order to start the message one must first ask what is the church?
To be able to answer that one must know what Christ has to say about the church here’s one of the first indications that Christ says about the church.
Part 2: The blood of the martyrs
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”
The church begins and ends with Christ; this is an important truth that we all must struggle with as we study the history of our faith. At the same time the church is an extension of the communal life of those who followed Christ, his disciples, and I believe in order for us to start the journey of knowing the origins of our faith it is important to get ourselves acquainted with the people who according to Sacred Scriptures paved the way for the spread of Christianity in the known world.
Part 1: The need to remember
“Surely one of the remarkable aspects of Christianity today is how few of these professed believers have ever seriously studied the history of their religion.”
– Bruce Shelley
A friend of mine, Red Constantino wrote a book entitled: The Poverty of Memory and one of the main theses of the book is that the reason why the Philippines is what it is today is because it is guilty, of one particular sin – the sin of forgetting.