Lecture by Fr. Peter Gillquist - 05/03/09
On Sunday, May 3, 2009, St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, PA hosted an internationally known speaker, Fr. Peter Gillquist from California. He spoke on “Finding the church of the New Testament”. Along with his talk in Jermyn, he was also scheduled to speak in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Berwick.
Some of Fr. Gillquist’s noted accomplishments are that he addressed the International World Council of Churches in Ethiopia and he helped lead a nationwide group of 2000 evangelical Protestants to the Orthodox Church in 1987. He has spoken internationally on the Orthodox faith and was a guest of the Romanian church, where he was heard by tens of thousands. Fr. Gillquist is head of the Missions & Evangelism for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdioceses. He was the development director to the Orthodox Study Bible project, which is now on the Best Seller’s List and he authored a book on Johnny Cash.
Everyone found him to be very personable and a captivating speaker.
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Michael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Jermyn and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.