Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bologna, Italy Day 4

Day 4 in Italy took us to Florence. We were shown Florence by Mark Brucato, son of the missionaries who helped begin the church in Bologna, "Nuova Vita". Mark shared his love of knowledge and history of the Italian Reformation. He used a verse, Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." Mark established his tour of Florence around three words from this passage, "Gospel, Power, and Salvation". Our first stop was at the cathedral or the "Duomo" and discussed Gospel and how the Gospel was not existent within the extremely artistic facade. The cathedral was not erected for the Gospel, but for the Church. Next we ventured over to the plaza of the government and down a street dedicated to men known in history and discussed the word Power. Ultimate power comes from God, not intelligence or education. While many philosophers, artists, and powerful men came from Florence, their power was not eternal. Mark shared that the power of God was the only source to Salvation. It was truly inspiring! The rest of the day was free time in Florence, seeing the city. Tomorrow is another busy day as we start working on connecting with the college student at the University of Bologna!

the Duomo

Plaza with the seat of the Government

The group with Mark Brucato



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