With the blessing of Fr. Joseph, starting at 7pm on Sept. 8 (following Wednesday Vespers), we will begin a weekly study of the new book ARISE, O GOD: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death, written by our own Fr. Andrew. The study will be led by him.
Get your copy at the parish bookstore or order online here. (BOOK TO BE RELEASED IN LATE AUGUST.)
FROM THE PUBLISHER: The gospel of Jesus Christ is not about what Jesus can do for your life. It is not even the answer to the question, “How can I be saved?” It is the declaration of a victory. In His coming to earth, His suffering, and His Resurrection, Christ conquered demons, sin, and death. In Arise, O God, author and podcaster Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick introduces us to the spiritual war that Christ won by His victory, how we are caught in that war’s cosmic crossfire, what the true content of the gospel is—and how we are to respond.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Very Rev. Archpriest Andrew Stephen Damick is Chief Content Officer of Ancient Faith Ministries, the former pastor (2009–2020) of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and author of several books from Ancient Faith Publishing: “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy,” “An Introduction to God,” and “Bearing God.” He hosts the podcasts “Orthodox Engagement” and “Amon Sûl” and also co-hosts “The Lord of Spirits” and “The Areopagus.” He resides in Emmaus with his wife, Kh. Nicole, and their children.
Please contact Fr. Andrew if you are interested in participating.
SEPT. 8: Preface, Prologue, and Chapter 1
What is the point of this book?
What Is Not the Gospel?
How Did the Gospel Become a Sales Pitch?
What Is a Gospel?
Gospel Is a Pre-Christian Genre
Not Caesar’s Gospel, but Christ’s
SEPT. 15: Chapter 2: Why Is There a Gospel?
The Fall: Death
The Fall: Sin
The Fall: Rule by Demons
SEPT. 22: Fr. Andrew will be away on travel, but a session will be held on another catechetical topic.
SEPT. 29: Chapter 3: Who is Jesus Christ?
Worshiping God or Gods?
The Son and Word of God
The Messiah of Israel
The Savior of the World
The Life of Jesus
OCT. 6: Chapter 4: What Did Jesus Christ Accomplish?
Undoing the Fall: Exorcism
Undoing the Fall: Forgiveness of Sin
Undoing the Fall: Resurrection
OCT. 13: Chapter 5: What Does Jesus Christ Expect of Us?
The Covenant of Faithfulness with God
Repentance: Abandoning the Demonic
Repentance: Joining with the Angelic
OCT. 20: Chapter 6: Responding to the Gospel
Saved from What?
What Happens When Someone is Saved?
What Must I Do to Be Saved?