Position Papers

The Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles Through the Twelve Apostles, (A Translation by Todd Murphy)

Todd Murphy
Sacred Journey Church
Providence, RI

ABSTRACT 1.1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways. 1.2 Now the way of life is this: First, you shall love God who made you.1 Second, your neighbor as yourself.2 But whatever you do not want do be done to you, do not do to another.3 1.3 Now the teaching of these words is this: You shall bless the ones who curse you, pray for your enemies and you shall fast for those who persecute you. For what profit is it if you only love those who love you. Do not the gentiles do the same? But you shall love those who hate you and therefore you shall not have an enemy.4 1.4 Abstain from worldly and bodily lusts. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other, and you will be complete. If someone compels you to go one mile, go with him two. If one takes you’re coat, give him also your shirt. If one takes from you what is your’s, do not ask for it back. For you are not allowed to. 1.5 Everyone asking of you, give it and do not ask for it back; For the Father wills to give to everyone from his own abundance. Blessed is the one who gives according to this command. For he is blameless. But woe upon the one who receives! If on the one hand one has need and he recieves, he shall be blameless. But the one who does not have a need shall give an account as to why he received it and for what reason. But when coming into judgement, he shall be examined regarding what he did and he shall not be released from there, indeed not until he has paid the last penny.


Providence Scripture Catechism

An Introduction to Biblical Christianity

Todd Murphy
Sacred Journey Church
Providence, RI

ABSTRACT What is Catechesis? Well for most people it just sounds like something Roman Catholics do. If you grew up in an active Roman Catholic family you probably went to CCD at some point. For many evangelical Christians, anything that sounds Roman Catholic does not sound very interesting either. To many people’s surprise however the term comes from the New Testament word κατηχέω, which simply means to instruct or inform. In Luke 1:4 when Luke is introducing his Gospel to Theophilus he says, “so that you may know for certain the things you were taught.” The word translated as “taught” is the same Greek word. And in Luke 1:4 it actually refers to a body of systematic teaching in the Christian faith. Early on, the Church developed a process for instructing children of the faithful and new converts in the basic beliefs and expectations of the Christian faith. This process became known as catechesis and such documents became known as catechisms. So many of us may also describe it as discipleship.


Who Should Be Baptized?

A Position Paper on Sacred Journey’s Application
of The Historic Practice of Including Children in the Covenant Community

Todd Murphy
Sacred Journey Church
Providence, RI

ABSTRACT The purpose of this position paper is to answer the simple question of whether or not the Church should baptize the infants and small children of Christian parents. As such, this paper does not really address concerns of new adult Christians, but rather those from evangelical and baptist persuasions who have been taught that the church should not be baptizing their children. The bigger question behind these concerns is really whether or not Christian parents should include their children in the Church. It is the position of Sacred Journey Church that the biblical and historic answer to this question is a resounding yes. The following will show both historically sociologically and theologically the critical import of including our children in the Church as that best path to the potential and ultimate salvation of their souls.

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Choosing A Church

Gospel Principles For finding a Healthy Gospel community

Todd Murphy
Sacred Journey Church
Providence, RI

ABSTRACT We live in a very transient culture where people, unlike previous generations rarely remain in the same job, much less live in the same place for their whole life. In fact the average western family will move several times during the years of raising their children. This transience has become is no less a problem for the local church than any other life category. On top of this, because of the uncontrolled fragmentation of Christian denominations since the Second Great Awakening, this has lead to an untold number of choices for the Christian to choose from. When you take these, plus all the unhealthy reasons people leave their current churches, this leaves way too many opportunities for the average Christian family to have to seek out and choose a new church.


Forms of Unity

Are Creeds and Confessions Un-biblical and Divisive?

Todd Murphy
Sacred Journey Church
Providence, RI

ABSTRACT Creeds and confessions have been a long standing expression of biblical faith and a tool of the Church to maintain doctrinal purity. They not only appear early in the post apostolic church, but they are found numerously within the pages of the Bible and have always served as a staple of our Judeo-Christian faith traditions. Unfortunately, these useful tools have fallen on hard times, especially within the modern evangelical church. Many treat them as impositions and restrictive, simply because they do not understand them. In this short article, pastor Todd Murphy explores the question of creeds and confessions both doctrinally and practically demonstrating how they are not only biblical and useful, but provide an excellent counterbalance against theological error.


Leading in Prayer

The Power and Importance of Worship and Worship Leadership

Todd Murphy
Sacred Journey Church
Providence, RI

ABSTRACT "Leading In Prayer" is a short position paper on worship with a particular focus on the corporate gathering of the local church and the conversation we have with God in song. The premise of the paper is to establish the unique place of corporate worship without minimizing the daily worship of the believer while demonstrating the extremely critical role that the communion with God in song has. Also within the discussion we discuss how true worship is based upon a humble posture toward God and not the petty disagreements of the so called "worship wars." Yet within this there is still a challenge to seriously consider cultural contextualization for helping the modern worship experience intelligible and profitable to all.


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