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at The Redeemer in the year ahead.

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All Things Necessary
Conversations with Scripture

By David Romanik

At the beginning of the ordination service in The Episcopal Church, the future priest solemnly declares that she believes “the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation.” The ordinand then signs this declaration before the entire congregation. This moment is striking for both its power and its strangeness. People are rarely required to solemnly declare much of anything these days, let alone a statement of belief. Yet, clergy in the Church are still expected to provide written evidence that they believe the Bible to contain “all things necessary to salvation.”

Critics might object that this claim is an outdated and exclusive position that has no place in a pluralistic society. How could we possibly presume that a collection of Bronze Age books could contain everything we need to know in our Digital Age? How could we possibly impose such burdensome expectations on our ordained leaders? The only way this requirement is onerous, however, is if we read Scripture incorrectly. Affirming the Bible contains “all things necessary to salvation” would be impossible if we understood it as a taxonomy of moral teachings or a compendium of divine rules. The Bible, however, is much more than this. Ultimately, Scripture is an account of our innate desire to save ourselves, and the acknowledgment that only God can save us. Scripture contains “all things necessary to salvation” not because it is a comprehensive listing of everything we need to know, but because it discloses a fundamental truth about the human experience: Scripture exposes our inability to save ourselves and reveals the salvation that comes from God alone.

It is only when we truly learn how to read Scripture that we can begin to experience this story. During the summer months, you are invited to join The Redeemer’s clergy for a forum series called “All Things Necessary: Conversations with Scripture.” We will explore some of the surprising, challenging, exciting, and difficult moments in the Bible and the ways they are necessary for our understanding of the story of God’s relationship with God’s people.

Adult Forums
Sundays at 10:15 in the Parish House Lower Level, Room 1-2-3
(during the academic season)

Adult Forums are scheduled weekly. Subjects cover a broad range of topics and guest speakers lead us in contemporary issues of the day and theological discussions. See the most recent issue of the weekly News from The Redeemer for details.

Men's Brown Bag Bible Study
12:00 pm, Conference Room, Parish House

Bring your lunch and your inquiring spirit to join in a wide-ranging discussion about writings of C. S. Lewis, the Gospels, the letters of Paul, and the religious issues of our day.

    Contact: Bob Peck

Women's Brown Bag Bible Study
Thursdays   12:00- 1 pm

“Read, learn, mark and inwardly digest…” Sitting with scripture and soaking in its meaning for our individual and corporate lives is an art.  As in any relationship, it is important in our relationship with God to nurture a balance between speaking and deep listening.  This weekly time of study will give participants an opportunity to encounter particular biblical texts, to listen reflectively to those texts, and to engage in dialogue about how God’s word is touching their own lives. Come when you can, bring a lunch if you wish, invite others to join the group at any time.  

Church of the Redeemer - 230 Pennswood Road - Bryn Mawr, PA 19010