WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church, Trivandrum, which was consecrated in 1859, is the oldest church in the city. Set in sylvan surroundings, it is centrally located in the Palayam area, between the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium and the University Stadium, and with the Kerala Legislative Complex on one side and the arterial Mahatma Gandhi Road on the other.
The Church itself is an elegant building, built in the Gothic style, with beautiful stained glass windows portraying The Good Shepherd. The windows on the walls depict the twelve disciples (and their symbols) and others associated with the life of Jesus.
Beloved in Christ,
New Year greetings to everyone of you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Once again we entered into a New Year. The new year, 2018 is declared as an year of Discipleship.In Christianity, the term disciple primarily refers to the students of Jesus and is found in the Gospels and Acts. What is disciple? A disciple of Jesus is a worshipper, a servant and a witness.
- Disciple means Worshipper
Most fundamentally, to follow Jesus means to worship him exclusively. This is at the heart of Jesus ministry on earth. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, ‘…….. true worshippers – those who worship Him in spirit and truth.’ Jn. 4: 23,24. If we follow Jesus we must worship him. To follow Jesus, to be his disciples means mainly to worship him in the joy at the heart. Making disciples of Jesus means gathering his worshippers.
- Disciple means Servant
John shows another picture of Jesus and this time he is kneeling before his disciples to wash their feet. Jn.13:5 When Jesus approached Peter, Peter objected him to do so. Jesus said to him, ” If I do not wash you, you have no share with me”.Jn.13:8. Jesus is a servant. He came to earth not to be srved, but to serve and to give his life as the rescue for sinners.”. Mk.10:45. Jesus said to his disciple,”you call me Teacher and Lord….so if I am your Teacher and Lord have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. Jn.13:14,15. Just after he washed the Twelve’s feet, Jesus gave a new commandment to them that ‘ you love one another, just as I have loved you.” Jn.13:34, Infact, it is this love that disciples have for one another that identifies us as disciples of Jesus to a watching world. To be a disciple of Jesus means to serve like him and making servants who love one another
- Disciple means Witness
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘ As the father has sent me, so I send you,’ Jn. 20:21. This means that Jesus’ disciples are on a mission. In the broadest sense, that they are missionaries, that they are envisioned and empowered to step into this world as his witnesses. Acts. 1:8. Jesus was sent for a purpose to reveal God and redeem the world from the bondage of sin. We too as his disciples filled by his spirit are sent for a purpose, to tell his good news. To be a disciple of Jesus means to point people to him. It means to tell the world, The story of Jesus and his love so that others would know Him and worship Him. In other words, that we gladly seek more worshippers, servants and missionaries.
Let us make a New Year resolution to take active part in telling the good news to the world.
God bless you all,
C Y Thomas Achen