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.
Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The first Sunday in October every year is celebrated as Youth Sunday. We hope this will help to inspire and encourage our youth members to come forward and participate in the activities of the Church. The Madhya Kerala Diocesan Youth Movement is one of the first Christian Youth Movements in Asia. It was started by our former missionary Bishop, the Rt. Rev. C.H. Gill in 1916. This year is the centenary year of the Youth Movement. Let us thank and praise God for the inestimable ways in which He has guided the Youth Movement in the past one hundred years.
As children of God we must have a personal salvation experience. When Nicodemus came to Jesus, He said to Nicodemus, “You must be born anew” (John 3:3). Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Pharisees were very keen in observing the Law of Moses, and were much devoted to religious activities. The word translated ‘anew’ has two other meanings: it can mean ‘from above’, or it can mean ‘for a second time’. To be born anew is such a radical change that it can only be described as a second birth, and it is ‘from above’ – not the result of human effort, but of the power and grace of God. Nicodemus well knew his need of such a radical change, but it seemed so impossible, like demanding that someone be re-born physically (John 3:4)
The new birth brings a person into the Kingdom of God (John 3: 3,5). The Kingdom of God is not something that has to do only with the life to come. It is the sovereignty of God here on the earth in the lives of His people. The person who is born again lives a life of response to the will of God. No man can do this by his own power, though it does require the response of man to God’s power. Jesus put it this way: “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Water means cleansing. It is also a symbol of the Word of God and therefore, of obedience to it. The Spirit denotes power. When the Lord saves us and takes possession of our lives, He empowers us to be what we could never be of ourselves. St. Paul says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinth. 5:17)
Being born again is an intensely practical experience. We can never fully understand how God does His work, but its effects will be obvious to all, like that of the invisible wind whose effects we see and feel (John :8).
Let us thank God for His salvation, and let us pray that its effects may be more and more clearly seen in our lives.
Yours in His service
C Y Thomas Achen