The Bible Chapel
The Bible Chapel at God's Cottage is truly unique, the only one of its type in the whole world. The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus is as truly present in the Bible as in the Sacred Host. Yet, while there are many Blessed Sacrament Chapels, this is the first Bible Chapel within the ambit of the Catholic Church, though our Bible Chapel is ecumenical rather than solely Catholic.
There are perhaps up to 100 chapels or churches worldwide within the wider Protestant community that are called Bible churches, but it usually only implies that the people who worship there are Bible believing Christians, and not that the Church itself is dedicated to the promotion of the Bible in the same way that a Blessed Sacrament Chapel is dedicated to the promotion of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
For a video on the Bible Chapel see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfqTbLBX0mQ
To help make ours truly a Bible Chapel, not merely have we the Bible facing towards the people on the altar, inviting a person to read, but we have the seven "I am" statements of Jesus framed and on the walls in a way similar to which one normally finds the Stations of the Cross on the walls of Catholic Churches.
"I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst" John 6:35
"I am the Light of the wold. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life" John 8:12
I am the door. Whoever enters by Me will be saved, will walk in freedom and will be nourished" John 10:9
"I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know Me. ..... and they listen to my voice" John 10:14, 27
"I am the Resurrection and the Life. If you believe in Me, you will live even though you die" John 11:25
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" John 14:6.
"I am the Vine. You are the branches. Whoever remains in Me with Me in them will bear much fruit" John 15:5
The sad reality is that for many Christians, those verses just go over their heads.
They sing "The Lord is my shepherd" yet do not even know the steps necessary, much less take them to have the Lord as their shepherd. So after the 7 "I am" statements of Jesus, we have another verse as a wake up call. "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord' and not do what I tell you. You are like a house built on sand" Luke 6:46, 49
Then on the back wall we have the verse, "Go make disciples of all, baptising them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" Mt 28:19-20.
Sadly today, if one seeks to lead others to Jesus, one risks being reprimanded! It shows how far our Church today is from the true teaching of Jesus.
Meanwhile it is our prayer that the Bible verses will come alive on the walls for those who enter the Bible Chapel.
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