August 07, 2022

Symbol of Faith - Part 6
Nicene Creed

- Fr. Gregory Edwards Ph.D - Dean -


In today's Gospel, taken from Matthew 14:14-22, Jesus has compassion on a gathering of people, healing their sick and feeding five thousand men with five loaves and two fish. Jesus' miracle in the wilderness, is the fulfillment of a prophecy from Ezekiel, where God provides for His people. The gathering of God's people or Ekklesia is foreshadowed many times in the Old Testament. Father Gregory continues his sermon series, A Symbol of Faith, emphasizing the Creed's Biblical truth. The article preached on today is, "In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church." The Church is one, unified, and Holy declares Saint Paul in Ephesians. It is catholic, meaning universal and complete lacking nothing to experience communion with God. Saint Paul writes the Church is the pillar of truth in I Timothy. The Church is apostolic, sent with a mission to bring all people into the assembly. In the Church, we must assemble, be fed and healed by Jesus, and fulfill our calling to be saints the days before worship on Sundays.



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The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree

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The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies at Brown University. After completing a Master's Degree in the New Testament and early Christianity at Florida State University, he conducted doctoral studies in Greece at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. Ordained in 2007, he served parishes in Thessaloniki and Volos for 9 years. He and his wife Presvytera Pelagia lived in Greece from 2006-2016, where their four children were born. He has served as Assistant Professor of Missiology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York since 2014. Before coming to Birmingham in March 2019, Fr. Gregory served St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL from 2016-2019.