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Catholic, You Say?

Acts 2:1-21

Christians in the liturgical tradition generally say the Nicene Creed at Sunday services. It’s a fairly brief statement of what Christians believe, as interpreted by Christians during the earliest days of the Church.

However, one statement often puzzles newcomers to the liturgical tradition: “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church”. This may seem confusing to some if the sign in front of the church doesn’t say Catholic 🙂

Just like the terms “orthodox’ and “apostolic” may mean different things to different Christian groups (this might be addressed in future posts!), “catholic” may be used in more than one context. As it’s used in the Nicene Creed, it’s actually a reference to the universal Church, not a specific communion of churches.

There is no greater example of the Church being a universal group than Luke’s account of the Day of Pentecost in Acts. God’s message of salvation was available to all who were willing to accept it, regardless of their background. Just as the Church then wasn’t the exclusive property of Jewish or Gentile believers, neither is it confined to one group now. Thanks be to God! 🙂

 

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Creeds/Statements of Faith | , | Leave a comment

A Modified Declaration of Faith for Our Age

I believe in God the Father, Maker of heaven and earth, whose name is to be hallowed and praised.
And in Jesus Christ our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell, and the third day He arose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, from where he will judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, in His power, in His ability to illuminate and direct the Christian Church and individuals here on earth. I believe in His ability to distribute the gifts of the Spirit for the Church’s edification and mission as He wills.
I believe in the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Christian Church, the Communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the Body, and of life everlasting through the grace and finished work of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Written by Pastor Peter Olson

April 25, 2009 Posted by | Creeds/Statements of Faith | Leave a comment