Being a faithful follower of Christ means being a faithful member of the Family of God.
Given the challenging call of Christ “to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” and St. Paul’s call for us to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed, there can be a temptation to become self-focused on our individual salvation. However, being a faithful follower of Christ has always meant being a faithful member of the Family of God, or as Paul says elsewhere, the Body of Christ, the Church of the Living God. This means we are to be concerned about each other’s growth in Christ. This will involve protecting and keeping the faith we have received and bearing with the failings of weaker brothers; we are to be steadfast in the faith we have received, and the Scriptures have been given as an encouragement; but we are not called to do this on our own, but through the power of God, the source of unity, joy, peace, and hope.
Email: “On Easter, the Epistle reading included: ‘If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col 3:1). I know we admit to believing this in the Creed, but what does it mean, ‘seated at the right hand of God?”
Scripture verses: Romans 14:22–15:13