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The Forgiveness of Sins (Apostles' Creed)

The Apostles’ Creeds reminds us that a key tenet of the Christian faith is the forgiveness of sins. When we confess this belief we are saying, “I believe that God, because of Christ’s satisfaction, will no longer remember any of my sins or my sinful nature which I need to...

I believe in the holy catholic/Christian church, the communion of saints

Some people speak ill of the church, noting perhaps that they love Jesus but do not like the church. The Apostles’ Creed, however, mentions the church as a key belief of the Christian church, even going farther and noting that the communion of saints is also a key doctrine of the Christian...

I Believe in the Holy Spirit (Apostles Creed)

The Apostles’ Creed has a Trinitarian structure, as it is commonly divided into three sections with the first section focusing on God the Father, the second section on God the Son, and the third section on God the Holy Spirit. Each section begins by stating belief in the respective member...

Church Officers: Elder and Deacons

This past weekend, many of the Faith Church campuses ordained and installed new elders and deacons (with the rest ordained and installed this weekend). This is a good time to pause and consider why we have these officers and how they are to function, so we will break this week from the...

And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead

The last couple of phrases of the second section of the Apostles’ Creed describe what Jesus is presently doing and what he will do in the future, as it notes that he “is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty” and that “he will come to judge the living and...

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven

Stories told of historical figures chronicle their lives and deaths; there might be some sort of epilogue or discussion of their legacy, but their story effectively ends when they die. The story of Jesus found in the gospels and recounted in the second part of the Apostles’ Creed is...

He Descended to Hell (Apostles' Creed)

The phrase, “he descended to Hell” is probably the least understood or most confusing phrase in the Apostles’ Creed, so it seems worthwhile to devote an entire post to these four words. Some churches omit this phrase when reciting the creed because it is confusing and is...

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