Amen simply means "yes", "so be it", or in the words of Mary, "be it done to me according to your will". Saying amen to all the statements of the Apostles Creed is saying yes to belief, faith, living life according to God our Father and creator, Jesus our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit - His power and presence in us.Luke 1:36-38
The resurrection of the body is the ultimate work of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies will be raised and perfected, so the choices we make today matter.Acts 26:8
Forgiveness is the heart of the gospel message, and our life blood as followers of Christ. God offers in Christ to forgive our sins, remembering them no more. And he calls us to live lives that offer forgiveness to those who who have committed an offense against us. Freedom and life the way it is supposed to be depend on it.1 John 1:5-10
We arrive at the section of the Apostles Creed that addresses our belief in the church. What do we mean by the word church, and what do you mean we’re a catholic church? How can we possibly say that the church is holy? All these questions are hinted at in the creed and answering them with increase our gratitude towards God and our love for one another.1 Corinthians 12:27
This week we’re tackling questions around the most misunderstood person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit an “it” or a “he?” Is the Holy Spirit a man? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and why should we thank God for the Holy Spirit?
When you think about judgement, you probably think of something negative like going to the principal’s office or having to appear before a judge. Yet, the concept of judgment in Scripture is so much more.
The fact that Jesus ascends to the right hand of the Father is just as central to the gospel as His death and resurrection.Acts 1:4-11
Jesus descended into hell (the state of the dead) and was thereby separated from the Father not only in his humanity but also in his divinity. Jesus has entered into the darkness of death on our behalf; in Him we have life, now and forever.Philippians 2:9-10
The Apostles Creed takes a bleak turn just a few weeks in, as we focus on the death of Jesus. And yet, more than anything Jesus wants to be remembered by what he accomplished in and through his death. What do we mean when we say that God died on a cross? And what does that mean for us today?Romans 8:31-39
Miracles are out of fashion in today’s day and age, and yet as Christians we believe that God miraculously entered into the world through a virgin named Mary. What do we mean when we say we believe in the virgin birth, and what is its significance for us today?Matthew 1:18-25