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Pope...Which Pope?

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The word "Pope" is loaded. Which pope? What role does he have? How is he "elected"? Fr. Michael Sorial discussed the difference between the Coptic Orthodox understanding of "Pope" and the Roman Catholic idea.

Justification by Faith [Romans 5:9-21]

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 How does the consequence of Adam's actions compare to those of Christ? What is the effect of grace on the person who puts their faith in Christ? Fr. Michael Sorial addresses this through a study on Romans 5:9-21 at the Link.

An Orthodox Perspective on St. Mary and the Christian Identity

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 What is your identity? Is it what you do or who you are at your core? At the Link, Fr. Michael Sorial discussed how our union with God informs our lifestyle, which results in our soul being called "Mary."

How the Holy Spirit Transforms Us

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What is sanctification and is it still relevant today? In this discussion in the Link, Fr. Michael Sorial discussed what sanctification is, why it is important today, and how sanctification occurs.

Ambition: GET EMPTY (Kenosis)

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 What is “selfish ambition” and what damage can it do? In our study on Philippians 2:1-8 at the Link, Fr. Michael Sorial discussed St. Pauls’ call to give up selfish ambition, as a part of kenosis (κένωσις) or self-emptying.


Discussion Questions1. In what ways did Jesus demonstrate for us what it means to live humbly, considering others better than ourselves?2. Can you think of a time when selfish ambition has led to disorder?3. One of the things that stands in the way of me pursuing my godly ambition is…

Emptied for Fullness: GET EMPTY (Kenosis)

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 In our study on Philippians 2:1-8, we dive into the biblical and theology principle of kenosis (κένωσις) or self-emptying, as we discussed what it means that Jesus "made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." (Philippians 2:7) In this talk at the Link, Fr. Michael Sorial taught on how "There Must Be Self-Emptying Before There is Fullness."

 

Orthodox Understanding of Eucharist [Sacraments]

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The sacraments (or mysteries) are means of salvation. Join us as Fr. Michael Sorial discusses the Biblical, early Christian view of the sacrament of sacraments, the Eucharist.

Baptism [Sacraments Series]

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The sacraments (or mysteries) are means of salvation and the entry point of that journey of salvation in Christ begins in Baptism. Join us as Fr. Michael Sorial discusses the Biblical, early Christian view of Baptism.

Advice from the Prayers

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Great Lent is starting and Fr. Vijay looks at a song from the service of Forgiveness (Shubkono) in order to gain some advice for the journey. 

Check out these four essential advices for anyone participating in the Great Lent.