The Apostles’ Creed, Ecumenical Version

Apostles Creed - whole

I would like to begin this blog series by looking at some basic beliefs of the Christian faith as it has been understood over the centuries by the leaders of most of the Christian churches. My intent is not to teach any specific denominational doctrine, but simply to lay a foundation that is consistent with most Christian denominations. It is my firm commitment that Christians need to spend more time seeking to find where they agree instead of nit-picking over their differences.

I will publish my first series of posts based on the Ecumenical version of The Apostles’ Creed Continue reading

…and the life everlasting. Amen

And the life everlasting

Scripture promises life everlasting to Christians. Let us look at what this means.

Life. At birth, we are given blood that runs through our veins, lungs to collect oxygen from the air, and many more interwoven bodily functions that make us alive.

But there is a higher level of life available to those who will accept it. In John 3:16 the Apostle John says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV) When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well Continue reading

…the resurrection of the body, …

the resurrection of the bodyThese earthly bodies we live in are only temporary. One day they will be resurrected when Christ returns to bring us home. 1 Cor 6:14 promises that God will use the same power to raise Jesus’ followers from the dead that he used to raise Christ from the dead. 2 Cor 4:14 adds that they will be raised with Jesus and presented to God on that day.

In 1 Cor. 15:23 Paul writes about the order in which it will happen. Christ is the first of the harvest, then Jesus followers will rise when Jesus returns for us. Are you eagerly awaiting his return?

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…the forgiveness of sins…

The forgiveness of sins

Once Adam and Eve broke God’s law they lost harmony with God and needed his forgiveness. All of humanity lost fellowship with God at that point in time.

In the covenant God made with the people in the days of Moses, God required the priests to made animal sacrifices for the sins of the people. Hebrews 10:3-5 explains that the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament couldn’t really take away sins. The people continued to sin and to turn away from God.

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…the communion of saints, …

The communion of saints

Jesus initiated what Christians call communion at the Last Supper with his Twelve Disciples. (See Matthew 26:26-29.) Yet there is a broader definition of the word communion that also helps us understand this phrase in the Apostles Creed, and that is intimate fellowship between people, especially spiritual fellowship.

When the New Testament writers used the word “saints” they generally referred to the believers – those who had joined the body of Christ. Today Protestants see all committed believers as saints while Roman Catholic believers reserve the word Saint for Christians who have exceeded the norm in many ways including performing miracles. Continue reading