Credo is the first word of the Apostle's Creed in Latin. It means "I believe". The definition of creed is a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion; an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group. In the weeks ahead, I want to encourage you to think about what YOU believe about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the body.
The Apostle's Creed is a summary of Christian teaching, and it is also a solemn pledge of allegiance. This creed is a framework for Christian thinking and Christian commitment. As we study the Apostle's Creed, we will see just how deeply God loves each of us.
This week we dive deeply into what we believe about the church and the communion of saints. What is the definition of the holy catholic church? What does it mean to be the body of Christ in the world?
Our readings for this week: 1 Peter 2: 1-10; Ephesians 4: 1-16; Romans 12:4-8.
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Questions to Ponder:
1. I encourage you to keep thinking about this question: What are some of your deeply held beliefs or convictions about God? About Jesus Christ?
2. What is the function of a local Christian church in relation to the universal church?
3. How does being a part of the church make a difference in your life? In your community?
4. When you invite others to church, what do you tell them about why they should come?
5. Read through the New Testament and you cannot deny it: the church is not optional, it is an essential part of being a follower of Jesus. Do you think it is possible to be Christian but not be a part of the church?
6. How would you define the word "saint"?
7. Adam Hamilton describes worship as a "thin space" where we can be close to those whom we loved who have died. Have you experienced this sense of communing with a "saint" who has died? If so, where and when?
8. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Who is part of your "great cloud of witnesses"?
9. What do you believe about the church? The communion of saints?