“The ministry of all persons is to represent Christ and his church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.” – The Book of Common Prayer, page 855
Jesus told his disciples that with the faith of a mustard seed they could say to a mountain “be thrown into the sea” and it would. He was telling his disciples to get to work– to start small, if necessary, but to keep at it. It is the constancy of our efforts that reveals a living faith.
In the Anglican tradition of which The Episcopal Church is a part, faith is said to rest on a “three-legged stool.” Those three legs are
If any one of the legs is missing, the stool will fall. All three are necessary.
Scripture is mentioned first for good reason, Scripture—the Bible–is where we start to understand the faith by reading the stories of a people of faith—a people of God.
Tradition helps us to understand the Scripture. A lot of bright minds have been reading and studying Scripture for 2,000 years. Their insights help us to know more than we could discover on our own in one lifetime.
Reason is the third leg of the stool. It provides balance. If something is not reasonable, then we need to look closer, learn more about the culture in which the writer lived, understand the context of the Scripture.
St. Christopher’s offers courses and workshops throughout the year to help those who are looking for a deeper faith to increase their knowledge, understanding and wisdom.