FAQ: Christian Practices
- How should we understand the gift of tongues? Answer
- What is prophecy? And how can we discern if it's from God? Answer
- Why do some Christians make the sign of the cross before or after prayer? Answer
- What is the Christian calendar? Answer
Q: How should we understand the gift of tongues?
A: The following helpful information comes from the Methodist Message.
Q: What is prophecy? And how can we discern if it's from God?
A: The following information comes from the Methodist Message, and may be beneficial in answering this question.
Q: Why do some Christians make the sign of the cross before or after prayer?
A: See the linked Methodist Message, which offers some answers.
Q: What is the Christian calendar?
A: The following helpful information comes from the book, The People Called Methodists: The Heritage, Life and Mission of The Methodist Church in Singapore.
Christians have organised time in light of the events of Christs life and ministry so that they might pattern their lives after their Lord. Christianity is no mere intellectual exercise, but the power of transformation. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds (Romans 12.2). Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). Thus, the church year is a tool and pattern for Christian discipleship, a means for moral and faith formation. In a region where diverse religious traditions are practiced openly, it is important that Christians also witness their faith through visible activities. While the ordering of the Christian year is not sacrosanct, its observation is one way of giving witness to our Lord and growing in our discipleship.
-- The People Called Methodists, p 148).
The Methodist Church in Singapore observes seven Christian seasons throughout the year: Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Eastertide, Pentecost and Kingdomtide.