I Believe in Forgiveness

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 6:12-14 When we confess our faith in the forgiveness of sins, we’re really claiming two things: that we need to be forgiven and that we need to be forgiving. It’s hard to accept the idea of forgiveness. It goes against the grain of our nature, you might say. Maybe that’s why Christians have made it an article of our faith. “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we say in the last section of the Apostles’ Creed, “the …

The Fellowship of the Saints

Rev. David Bast

READ : Acts 2:42-47 The Apostles’ Creed describes the church as a fellowship, the living community of all those who have heard God’s call to belong to him and to each other through faith in Jesus Christ. In the Apostles’ Creed, immediately after we confess our faith in the church, we add another phrase: “I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints.” Christians believe that the true church of Jesus Christ, that is, the whole invisible company …

One Holy Catholic Church

Rev. David Bast

READ : Ephesians 4:1-6 1 Peter 2:10 “I believe in . . . the holy catholic church.” So Christians are taught to confess using the words of the Apostles’ Creed. But do we, really? Is belief in the church a vital part of our faith? “I believe in . . . the holy catholic church.” So Christians are taught to confess using the words of the Apostles’ Creed. But do we, really? Is belief in the church a vital part …

The Three-in-One God

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 28:19 2 Corinthians 13:13 The doctrine of the trinity is simply the early church’s way of coming to grips with the New Testament’s witness to the saving acts of God in Christ. It’s the best way of understanding who God really is if you believe that Jesus Christ is really God. Just before he ascended into heaven, Jesus commissioned his followers to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, “baptizing them in the …

I Believe in the Holy Spirit

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 14:15-18 John 14:26 1 Corinthians 12 “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” So Christians confess, whenever they recite the words if the Apostles’ Creed. But what do we mean by this? And do we really understand what we are claiming to believe? “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” So Christians confess, whenever they recite the words if the Apostles’ Creed. But what do we mean by this? And do we really understand what we are claiming to …

Judgment

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 25:31-46 2 Corinthians 5:10 The purpose of Jesus’ parable about the last judgment is to disturb our comfortable, self-centered complacency, “a truth which a frivolous age needs much to hear.” Christians believe that Jesus is coming again. And we also say why he’s coming. “From there,” we affirm in the Apostles’ Creed — that is, from God’s right hand, the symbolic position of supreme honor and authority where Christ is now seated — “he shall come again …