And when they see a stranger, they take him in to … On the monthly day, if he likes, each puts in a small donation; but only if it be his pleasure, and only if he be able: for there is no compulsion; all is voluntary. They do not worship idols (made) in the image of man; and whatsoever they would not that others should do unto them, they do not to others; and of the food which is consecrated to idols they do not eat, for they are pure. . Great love can be shown not by merely saying “I’ll pray for you” but by putting a hand on someone’s shoulder right then and there and lifting up the need in prayer. Wherefore they do not commit adultery nor fornication, nor bear false witness, nor embezzle what is held in pledge, nor covet what is not theirs. As we consider how these Christians loved one another, their example should make an impact on our hearts and lives today.Â. Love is the wisdom and power of God. 34 A new commandment () I give to you, () that you love one another: () just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. C. Acts teaches us about the worldwide mission of … So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. Tag Archives: Aristides behold how they love one another “The Growing Christian Life” (I Peter 1:22 sermon) Posted on 2019/06/24 by Shawn Thomas. Love was the power of early Christian witness to the Resurrected Christ. In John 13:35 we found our truth: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This truth soon appeared in song. Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas. “See how they love one another!” they would remark. For they are not taken thence and spent on feasts, and drinking-bouts, and eating-houses, but to support and bury poor people, to supply the wants of boys and girls destitute of means and parents, and of old persons confined now to the house; such, too, as have suffered shipwreck; and if there happen to be any in the mines, or banished to the islands, or shut up in the prisons . I wonder how many people look at us and say the same. These gifts are, as it were, piety’s deposit fund. Our nation still routinely engages in unjust wars to advance its economic and political interests, and – as my friend Richard Crocker notes – ‘Congress has never found a war it didn’t like’ and I would paraphrase him by noting that the church has never found a war it couldn’t support. Some churches have applied this command literally, establishing moments in the church year for ‘foot-washing services’, usually on Maundy Thursday. (This song can also be found under an alternate title, We are One in the Spirit.) romanticize the early church as an age of purity to which we should seek to return Behold! They were free from anxiety because they knew that tomorrow was in God’s hands. And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity, and if it is possible to redeem him they set him free. Through a series of curious circumstances, we had gathered with some 13,000 other students in a large arena at the University of Illinois for Bible study. It ought to still be said of followers of Christ, “Behold, how they love one another! Yet, that single cause, by itself, isn’t what stands out. It is lasting. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one anoth. “Perhaps no one has captured the exuberant spirit of simple caring and sharing better than the Christian philosopher Aristides, whose words (written in A.D. 125) are so moving that they are best quoted in full: It is by such love . "Behold! John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. On his first day there, as the volunteers lined up for their assignments, he was surprised when he was handed a pair of nail clippers and assigned the task of clipping the nails of those who were too ill to clip their own. That is, we only can tell the world that God sent Jesus Christ to mankind—the most important thing in … that all (men) will learn that we are Christ’s disciples (v. 35), because it is only by such love that we shall bear Christ’s likeness.”[1]. “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. I have noticed that a lot of time and effort is spent around here by people trying to make things grow. As men who know God, they ask from Him petitions which are fitting for Him to grant and for them to receive. See, they say, how they love one another . Love One Another Tip #1. And thus they employ their whole lifetime. Fresh in our memories were the riots that had ravaged many of our cities. "Behold how they love one another..." 3 How do we love one another? As Simon Peter wrote, “see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22). He states that we can love one another earnestly because the seed from which our new life in Christ sprang is imperishable. - (2) The demand which this glorification would make on the mutual fidelity and affection of the disciples. And when we do so, may the world say of us what one ancient non-believer said of the early Church: “Behold, how they love one another.” Taryn Murphy is a summer intern with the Creative Services department at Focus on the Family. century Greek Christian and philosopher who presented a letter of defense to the reigning Caesar (Emperor), Hadrian. “For, “ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Earlier in chapter 13 of John Jesus gives us his take on this command. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And since they know the loving-kindnesses of God toward them, behold! 17:21). Behold How They Love One Another. This letter was entitled, The Apology of Aristides, and delivered to Emperor Hadrian circa 124-133 AD. Aristides did write, “and they love one another,” about the early Christians. I am also grateful for the calling I received from the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ to be its Associate Conference Minister, and to have a significant role in the lives of our churches and pastors. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). Given his training and distinguished career, he anticipated being put to work in the schooling of the sisters or, at the very least, as a chaplain to the dying. It is enough for us to have shortly informed your Majesty concerning the conduct and the truth of the Christians. Aristides’ letter and its content apparently became well-known outside of the Emperor’s household and staff; as it is mentioned in historical writings by Eusebius of Caesarea, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus (aka. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” In so doing, Stott was drawing upon a very ancient understanding of what it means to be the church. How do we teach each child and each adult to love the people that are hard to love? Young people, disappointed by the church, were leaving it in droves. The phrase “brotherly love” in vs. 9 translates Philadelphia, a word partly based on the root of philia. Aristides wrote about how Christians conducted themselves, and how deeply they cared for others. And verily, they are those who found the truth when they went about and made search for it; and from what we considered, we learned that they alone come near to a knowledge of the truth. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son … Children of God Love One Another 1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. This can be found in Tertullian's "Apology," Chapter 39.7 (circa 200 A.D). In Greek, Philadelphia is almost always used of the love among the children in a family. For our elders, the church seemed to stand against the tides of peace and justice, while we wanted it to stand for the higher values embodied in our faith. For they know and trust in God, the Creator of heaven and of earth, in whom and from whom are all things, to whom there is no other god as companion, from whom they received commandments which they engraved upon their minds and observe in hope and expectation of the world which is to come. Around 200AD, Tertullian wrote the following quote as an expression of the astonishment the pagans of the day had when they witnessed the love and caring among the Christians: "See how they love one another." The language and sentiments of so many American people were just too angry and intolerant for me. Every morning and every hour they give thanks and praise to God for His loving-kindnesses toward them; and for their food and their drink they offer thanksgiving to Him. In the latter part of the second century, the Christian leader Tertullian wrote a defense of Christian practice called the Apologia. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. The first great North African theologian was Tertullian(ca. These Christians’ love was so clearly demonstrated in actions, that the sincerity of their heart was undeniable. They lived in simplicity. 100–ca. McCain quietly and courageously answered, ‘This is not what our country is all about.” Yesterday, searching for the exact words that were used, I scanned a dozen or more articles before giving up. One recent evening I watch a televised moment in John McCain’s campaign for re-election to the U. S. Senate, in which a visibly angry white male shouted “shoot, bury, and shut up” about them. Sometime in middle age he converted to Christianity and was ordained a presbyter (i.e., priest or elder) in Carthage. Pray. Further, if one or other of them have bondmen and bondwomen or children, through love towards them they persuade them to become Christians, and when they have done so, they call them brethren without distinction. They still hold true today. In reading translations of The Apology of Aristides we don’t find the precise phrase, “Behold, how they love one another.” Yet, that deduction certainly seems fitting from Aristides’ description of the early Church. I wonder how many people look at us and say the same. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:13-15). And I pray that when people write our histories, they will say of us what has been said of those living in Tertullian’s second century era, “Behold, how they love one another.” May that be our deepest and most lasting legacy. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their homes and rejoice over him as a very brother; for they do not call them brethren after the flesh, but brethren after the spirit and in God. In 1966, Peter Scholtes, published the hymn, They’ll know we are Christians by our Love. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. - posted by MaryJane, on: 2011/1/16 9:01 One of the most profound comments made regarding the early church came from the lips of a man named Aristides, sen t by the Emperor Hadrian to spy out those strange creatures known as "Christians." Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. After reading what Aristides wrote, most would likely marvel at the example of these Christians. See How They Love One Another Lesson Plans Teaching Goals 1. They assemble together as a body. “Perhaps no one has captured the exuberant spirit of simple caring and sharing better than the Christian philosopher Aristides, whose words (written in A.D. 125) are so moving that they are best quoted in full: They walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another. In the early Church, the believers’ love for one another, and for others, was so authentic and so obvious that even those outside the Church took notice and were amazed by the loving-kindness of first and second-century Christians. And when a child has been born to one of them, they give thanks to God; and if moreover it happen to die in childhood, they give thanks to God the more, as for one who has passed through the world without sins. And their oppressors they appease (lit: comfort) and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies; and their women, O King, are pure as virgins, and their daughters are modest; and their men keep themselves from every unlawful union and from all uncleanness, in the hope of a recompense to come in the other world. And they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude the kind deeds they do, but are careful that no one should notice them; and they conceal their giving just as he who finds a treasure and conceals it. He explains "they ask from Him petitions which are proper for Him to give and for them to receive: and thus they accomplish the course of their lives." “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and from widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. .” [2]. Love One Another John 13:34 A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). Let us pray. Below is an excerpt from, The Apology of Aristides, as translated by D. M. Kay, taken from the Syriac version. . To reflect on how worship—singing, teaching, the Lord’s Table, and baptism—shapes those sensitivities of forgiving people that were discussed in the previous study. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:44-47). And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:44-47). This letter was entitled. From a world-view, these Christians must’ve been seemed “peculiar.” Not in a negative sense, but in the genuineness and graciousness of their love. The love he gave to them was love modeled after that first seen in our ‘foot-washing Lord and Savior’. Just as Stott that day challenged his listeners to love sacrificially so I ask you to love sacrificially and humbly. See, they say about us, how they are ready even to die for one another, for they themselves would sooner kill." Further, as outsiders considered the expressions of love shown by these Christians, they consequently had to consider the source of that love—who is Jesus Christ. “See how they love one another!” they would remark. The early Christians' love for each other went far beyond pious sentimentality. Justin Martyr (ca. And I pray that when people write our histories, they will say of us what has been said of those living in Tertullian’s second century era, “Behold, how they love one another.” May that be our deepest and most lasting legacy. They observe the precepts of their Messiah with much care, living justly and soberly as the Lord their God commanded them. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son … For great indeed, and wonderful is their doctrine to him who will search into it and reflect upon it. Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now, but you will follow later.”… It’s said that Scholtes took inspiration for the chorus’ lyric in light of  John 13:34-35, and as he reflected over an expression that tradition holds was frequently used by those outside the Church body, in speaking about Christians of the early Church. This is increasingly visible in our Senate and House of Representatives which are finding it harder to work across the aisle in order to produce legislation that will benefit society. Though I speak in this very different time, it is, I would observe, not really a better time. And as for their words and their precepts, O King, and their glorying in their worship, and the hope of earning according to the work of each one of them their recompense which they look for in another world,-you may learn about these from their writings. . Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another… And he who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. Then, having washed their feet, Jesus says, “You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. That type of love is so rarely seen, it would seem peculiar. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Baptism of Jesus Sunday at the…, May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in…, Matthew 6:19-34 Sixth Sunday of Thanksgiving A small booklet published recently by the Congregational Vitality…, Matthew 23:11-12 All Saints Sunday One of the great gifts of celebrating All Saints Sunday…, Matthew 22:34-40 World Communion Sunday Underlying our theme for this year of “Building and Deepening…, Mark 10:13-16 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Perhaps you’ve had the chance to read a fascinating…, Matthew 18:21-22 International Peace Day Sunday “Long live absolute world peace.” So reads the inscription…, © 2016 Meriden Congregational Church by MCC, Meriden Congregational Church Love One Another Tip #1. The problem of loving, however, may not lie so much in the people we are commanded to love, as it does in our understanding of what it means to love. Talking to us that day in the University of Illinois’ great arena, Stott taught us Jesus Christ’s first and great commandment, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. We began to look at the Book of Acts about a month ago, and we come now this evening to the closing section of chapter 2, and beginning at verse 42 and reading to the end of the chapter. 160–220). for their sake the glorious things which are in the world flow forth to view. John R. W. Stott, rector of All Souls Church in London, and chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II. These Christians’ love was so clearly demonstrated in actions, that the sincerity of their heart was undeniable. Well... We treat them nice because we want them to like us. Aristides was an early second-. Thursday, March 28, 2019 Earlier this week, the world learned that Pope Francis is uncomfortable letting lay people kiss his papal ring. They honour father and mother, and show kindness to those near to them; and whenever they are judges, they judge uprightly. In chapters 15 and 16, Aristides describes the commandments of God and claims Christians "walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another." John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. See, they say, how they love one another, for themselves are animated by mutual hatred; how they are ready even to die for one another, for they themselves will sooner put to death. As you already know, I served in the parish for more than 35 years – 25 of them in neighboring Lebanon – before receiving this call, and I learned a long time ago that the Meriden Congregational United Church of Christ had a significant voice that was being heard in the Upper Valley, the New Hampshire Conference, and even the wider United Church of Christ – a voice of compassion, of voice at once deeply spiritual and rooted in the present reality, a voice urging justice and peace in our world. The era of Civil Rights is past, it seems, and its accomplishments have been significant and profoundly important. One of the most loving things that we can do for each other as a church family is to pray for one another. [1] “The Foot-Washing Lord and Savior” An Exposition of John 13 by the Rev. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. Just as the second century author of the book of Revelation looked to the promises and hopes of earlier Jewish Apocalyptic writers to provide encouragement and hope for his/her readers, readers enmeshed in very difficult circumstances, so I look to the writings of first and second century followers of Christ to find meaning for the present and future of our church. Love One Another … 34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. The civil rights movement and the war in Viet Nam had created enormous divisions within both church and society. The teacher that day was the Rev. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-45 KJV).Â. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. How they love one another." The church I attended was a conservative Baptist church, and while the church preached about many things – no dancing, drinking, gambling, etc., we rarely heard of the radical love encountered in the teachings of Jesus. When we gathered on that day in December 1970, we were momentarily stepping out of a country at war with itself , to consider our calling to be Christian young people. We now stand in a very different place in our nation’s history, and I know that I speak to a very different congregation than John Stott spoke to in 1970. Indeed, we find ourselves living in a society that is growing increasingly fractured. And I pray that when people write our histories, they will say of us what has been said of those living in Tertullian’s second century era, “Behold, how they love one another.” May that be our deepest and most lasting legacy. Great love can be shown not by merely saying “I’ll pray for you” but by putting a hand on someone’s shoulder right … And they strive to be righteous as those who expect to behold their Messiah, and to receive from Him with great glory the promises made concerning them. It was said of the early Christians, "Behold, how they love one another." **The full text of The Apology of Aristides contains even more treasures. Verses 34, 35. Just as Stott that day challenged his listeners to love sacrificially so I ask you to love sacrificially and humbly. I have often preached on love, and have often heard a question that goes something like this: “How shall I love someone that I don’t like?” The world abounds in people who are difficult to love, so what are we to do? If you would like to read further, you can find a full translation at either of these links: Â, http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/aristides_05_trans.htm, http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/aristides-kay.html. Falsehood is not found among them.” “They love one another in action, not just words.” Aristides noted that “they love one another; the widows’ needs are not ignored, and they rescue the orphan from the person who does him violence. That expression—which has been repeated for centuries—is: “Behold, how they love one another.”. Saint Jerome), and other ancient writers. How do we love children? Or are we meant to offer our lives in Christ’s service in a developing country abroad – as a doctor, nurse, teacher, agriculturalist or social worker – when it would be more lucrative and more respectable to pursue our profession at home?” Then Stott really pushed his audience, arguing that they needed to learn to love those whom most in America’s church scorned – the counter-culture, free-sex, drug-addicted, dropping-out-of-society ‘hippies.’. The drop-out told my friend that this was the kind of thing one might see in a bar but shouldn’t see in a church. These Christians lived, what Jesus commanded, “Love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Now turn with me in the New Testament to The Acts of the Apostles. Once we commit to follow the Lord, we also commit to love others. And he who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. Or to give ourselves in genuine friendship – not superficial but sacrificial – to someone hooked on drugs, and stand by him faithfully during the painful period of withdrawal? There was little support in the Baptist church I attended for the important work that Martin Luther King Jr. was doing to end segregation, and only scorn for those who were burning their draft cards in an effort to bring to an end a horribly unjust war. XV: But the Christians, O King, while they went about and made search, have found the truth; and as we learned from their writings, they have come nearer to truth and genuine knowledge than the rest of the nations. These Christians lived, what Jesus commanded, “Love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Usually quoted as 'See how [these Christians] love one another.' Just as Stott that day challenged his listeners to love sacrificially so I ask you to love sacrificially and humbly. In 1966, Peter Scholtes, published the hymn, “Behold, how they love another!” The origin of this phrase is generally attributed to Aristides the Athenian (or maybe as a reaction to Aristides’ description of Christians). Further, as outsiders considered the expressions of love shown by these Christians, they consequently had to consider the source of that love—who is Jesus Christ. John R. W. Stott, given at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Urbana Missions Conference, 1970. She is a California native and currently studies Philosophy and Religion at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. GREETING: I am deeply grateful to John and Susan for inviting me to share in this worship service, to help you think together about the future and the place that this church will have in the future of Meriden, the Upper Valley, and – indeed – the entire human community. Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and from widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. From a world-view, these Christians must’ve been seemed “peculiar.” Not in a negative sense, but in the genuineness and graciousness of their love. Jesus said: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." I can find no more profound wisdom, nor greater inspiration in all of sacred history than in the simple words of Jesus, recorded for us in John 13:34: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. 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