Summing Up Discipleship

Draughting Theology

Most Episcopalians are familiar with the opening rite to the baptismal service. Most probably dont realize that “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” comes from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Perhaps they will notice on Sunday when the fourth chapter finds its place in the Lectionary. I may say more about those famous lines later in the week, but today I’m struck by the sentence that comes immediately prior in which Paul does his best to summarize what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Humility, gentleness, patience, love, unity, peace and above all the Spirit: these are…

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