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At the July 2012 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly, delegates approved Being a Faithful Church 4 for study. These articles are to stimulate further thought and discussion.

November 28, 2012

Path 11: "We need to see our interpretive community as larger than the people we can see around us.  The hiking trail we are on has already been forged by many who have gone before us.  They have left markers on the trail to help those who come after . . .

November 23, 2012

Path 10:  Scripture is a “delight” that serves also for devotional refreshment and daily inspiration. The “delight” of Scripture is even greater when we can hike together rather than going out on a lone trek.

November 23, 2012

Path 9: “Knowing” is inseparable from “doing,” “hearing” is inseparable from “acting,” and “praxis [practice] is indispensible for gnosis [knowledge].”

November 23, 2012

Path 8: Scripture calls us to remember that we are a part of a larger story of “God’s love affair with the world.” The Gospel’s command to go and baptize and the invitation to remember the Lord’s Supper are prime examples of when we “do not forget” how God has accompanied us. The yearning to know God is inseparably connected to “remembering” the story of God, a story that we now acknowledge as our own.

November 23, 2012

Path 7: It is the Holy Spirit who guides the interpretive community in faithfulness, and in faithfully understanding Scripture for our lives. This means that we must continually open our hearts and minds to the work of the Spirit within and among us. Without this, “the text is just black marks on the paper.”

November 23, 2012

Part 6: Scripture persistently hopes that the letters of its words will become a living word in a world in need of redemption. This does not diminish the authority of Scripture, but sharpens it and makes it real in our community and to the world. This pathway indicates that other sources can illuminate what Scripture also teaches.

November 23, 2012

Path 5:  “It is important to take the entire canon of Scripture as our base of operations for healthy hermeneutics.  The fact that Scripture already interprets Scripture compels us to use the whole of Scripture in order to better understand each part.” 

November 23, 2012

Path 4: ”Jesus also interprets Scripture.  One response focused exclusively on trying to understand the ‘hermeneutics of Jesus,’ i.e., how the Gospel writers portray the way Jesus uses and interprets the Old Testament. It is evident that we can learn much from that in our own reading of Scripture.”

November 23, 2012

Path 3: Scripture already interprets Scripture. It is very important to pay close attention to this inter-textual interpretation, because this already gives us essential clues in the ways we need to understand how various passages relate to each other.

November 22, 2012