John Chrystostom | Hearing God’s Word Through Others
Written By Ben Laur
The discipline of study involves carving time out of our “do more” culture to dig deep into the meaning of truth. One of the best places to study what God’s timeless word is speaking to us is to hear how a Christian leader in another time or culture is processing the truth of God’s word.
John Chrystostom (347-407 A.D.) was the archbishop of Constantinople. Nicknamed “Golden Mouth,” he is renowned as being one of most famous preachers in church history.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, 54-57
Excerpt from “The Paschal Homily” by John Chrysostom:
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown.
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen.
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen, and life reigns.
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.”
How does what Chrysostom says here enrich your understanding of the significance of Christ’s resurrection?
Week 4 of 4 Study
Take time to reread Philippians 1:12-30 from Sunday. Review your notes. What is God bringing back to mind from His Word?
Evening Prayer – How you end your day impacts rest and rejuvenation for the next. God’s people throughout history have practiced a surrendering of all things in prayer before they laid down to sleep. While we zero in on the discipline of prayer, each Sunday we will engage in two prayers, allowing the repetition to help us be at home in these prayers.
Morning Prayer – How you start your day informs how you go about your day. Throughout history, God’s people rose early to focus their heart, soul, mind and strength in prayer with God. While we zero in on the discipline of prayer, each Sunday we will engage in two prayers, allowing the repetition to help us be at home in these prayers.