Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

by Nancy Ann McLaughlin

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Do You Believe? by Nancy Ann McLaughlin


The baptismal covenant, empowering all the baptized to minister in the name of Christ, is at the heart of our lives as Christians. But how well do parishes articulate the importance of this call for all their members? What kind of job do parishes do of integrating the covenant into the life and work of the congregation? In Do You Believe?, author Nancy Ann McLaughlin takes a look at some forty Episcopal parishes around the country to see just what an active, intentional, energized awareness of baptismal ministry looks like. Examining each of the elements of the covenant–from believing in God to continuing the preaching of the apostles – the book offers practical advice for turning words into concrete actions.

This is an excellent book for parish study and reflection, offering ways that individuals and congregations can envision the church–and their own lives – as a dynamic relationship with God.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819221926
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresviii
Acknowledgmentsix
Section 1Relationship with God: 1549 Instructions to Godparents1
1What Is God Asking Me to Do?2
2Covenant and Christian Baptism8
3The Church: Spirit-led People in an Organized Structure20
Section 2The Episcopal Church and the Baptismal Covenant: A Sermon on the Baptism of Jesus and Renewal of Baptismal Covenant26
4The Study and Its Demographics33
5Do You Believe?40
6The Church51
7Will You Continue?58
8Return to the Lord67
9Will You Proclaim?72
10Christ in All Persons77
11Every Human Being88
12God's Help91
Section 3Prophecies, Dreams, and Visions: The Dream96
13Conclusions and Recommendations101
Additional Resources112
Appendix
1Diocesan Comments Regarding Recommended Congregations121
2Advice Regarding Increased Involvement124
Notes128
Reference List142
Permissions146

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