October 20, 2013

2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 “Oh, How We Love the Bible!” In a couple of weeks, we will begin another church membership class here at St. Andrew’s. We try to have one of these classes at least once a year so that newer folks in our church community may have an opportunity to learn about the Presbyterian Church in Canada, about St. Andrew’s in particular, and to consider making the commitment to church membership in our congregation. The class often includes teens and young adults who are preparing to profess their faith and join the church for the first time. It also includes adults of all ages from a variety of Christian and other backgrounds who have found their way into this Presbyterian Church of ours. Although we cover some of the basics of what it means to be a Christian in general, one of the key topics is very specifically what it means to be a Presbyterian Christian. I wonder if anyone has asked you that question: “What IS a Presbyterian?” I get asked that all the time, along with some variations on the theme: “What’s the difference between the Presbyterian and United Churches? What’s the difference between the Presbyterian and Catholic Churches? What’s the difference between the Presbyterian and Pentecostal Churches?” I usually begin my answer by telling folks what “Presbyterian” means… We are ruled by “presbyters” or “elders.” Our name indicates a particular structure of governance. We have presbyteries rather than bishops. We emphasize the collaborative decision-making … Read more »