Orthodoxy in the Midlands
Under the patronage of St. James, Bishop of Jerusalem
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8
The Orthodox Church has kept the Faith once delivered to the saints for two thousand years. Jesus said,” I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
After St. Peter had preached the “Good News” about Jesus Christ. Those who believed were baptized and “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
Doctrinal purity was tenaciously maintained. The doctrines taught by Christ and His disciples are to be safeguarded by “the church . . . the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15) and are not open for renegotiation.
The life of the Church is centrally expressed in her worship or adoration of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even before the middle of the first century, Christian worship was known by the term “liturgy,” which means literally “the common work” or “the work of the people.”
Modern Christians advocating freedom from liturgy in worship are usually shocked to learn that such spontaneity was never the practice in the ancient Church! A basic pattern or shape of Christian worship was observed from the start. And as the Church grew and matured, that structure matured as well. Hymns, Scripture readings, and prayers were intertwined in the basic foundation.
In Orthodoxy, the basics of Christian doctrine, worship, and government are never up for negotiation. An Orthodox priest for example, cannot reject the divinity of Christ, His Virgin Birth, Resurrection, Ascension into heaven, and second coming. The Church has not left its course in 2,000 years. It is the New Testament Church. The gates of hell have not prevailed against it.
What is it that’s missing in the non-Orthodox churches even the best of them? Fullness. The fullness of the New Testament Faith is to be found only in the New Testament Church. Being in the New Testament Church doesn’t guarantee all those in it will necessarily take advantage of the fullness of the Faith. But it does guarantee the fullness is there for those who do.
For those who seriously desire the fullness of the New Testament Faith, action must be taken. There must be a return to the New Testament Church.
In a day when Christians are realizing anew the centrality and importance of the Church as the Body of Christ, the doors are open wide and the invitation is extended to come and see. Examine her Faith, her worship, her history, her commitment to Christ, her love for God the Father, her communion with the Holy Spirit.
And for those who are tired of life and are looking for purpose and salvation. Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28).
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
We sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity to find out more about the British Orthodox Fellowship and explore the Orthodox Christian Faith with us.
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