Starting this Sunday, we'll be spending thirteen weeks learning about the core convictions of our Christian Way: the faith, hope, and love that a great chorus of voices has been confessing for nearly 2000 years!
That confession is perhaps best captured in the Apostles' Creed.
One of the most powerful elements of our faith is that we aren't walking in a vacuum, coming up with brand new ideas and philosophies, but we are anchored to a much wider body. We are one car on a railroad - there are people that have gone before us and (barring the imminent return of Christ) saints that will come after us. Our responsibility is to inherit and receive this faith, live it out together in flesh and blood, and by the Spirit's leading, hand it down to the next generation.
The Creed gives us focus, which helps us understand what is absolutely central to our faith, and what isn't. We receive more room to wrestle with what lays on the margins. We are free to question, to doubt, and to grow and change our minds as we remain anchored to this old, beautiful confession!
Perhaps you're someone who has been curious about the Christian faith, or about our church, and wanting to understand the main beliefs of it, or maybe you've been away from the church for a very long time: either way, we get it. This stuff is hard. But it's also good, and it's worth investigating. Consider this your invitation to join us from September to December to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus!
Sermon Dates and Topics:
September 25 -Why a Creed?
October 2 - I Believe in God, the Father Almighty
October 9 - Creator of Heaven and Earth
October 16 - And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord
October 23 - Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary
October 30 - He Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, Died, and Was Buried
November 6 - He Descended into Hell & the Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead
November 13 - He Ascended into Heaven and is Seated at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty
November 20 - From There He Will Come to Judge the Living and the Dead
November 27 - I Believe in the Holy Spirit
December 4 - The Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints
December 11 - The Forgiveness of Sins
December 18 - The Resurrection of the Body & The Life Everlasting