The Life Everlasting

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. For our final study of the Apostles’ Creed, we will study the final three lines: the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. These fundamental declarations are appropriate ones to conclude upon since they address our future and eternal state and our blessed …

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The Forgiveness of Sins

the forgiveness of sins For our penultimate study of the Apostles’ Creed, we continue our exploration of Article 3. Having addressed the Holy Spirit and the local and universal church, we now come to the forgiveness of sins. In order to understand this doctrine, we will spend most of our time in Ephesians 2:1-10 before …

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The Communion of Saints

the communion of saints   Having addressed our affirmation of the church universal, we will now turn, in our study of the Apostles' Creed, to the local church. As with the holy, catholic church, the communion of saints in its fullness is the collective sum of believers throughout time and space; however, we participate in …

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The Holy, Catholic Church

the holy, catholic Church   Since Article 3 of the Apostles’ Creed is dedicated to the study of the Person and work of God the Spirit, we might be surprised, therefore, to find that the remainder of the creed no longer directly references the Holy Spirit. Yet, as we discussed last week, the Holy Spirit …

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God the Spirit

I believe in the Holy Spirit   In our study through the Apostles’ Creed, we have completed Article 1, which focused upon God the Father, and Article 2, which considers God the Son. We now, therefore, come to Article 3, which has God the Spirit for its theme. Some theologians, such as Calvin, viewed the …

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The Second Coming

and he will come to judge the living and the dead After affirming our belief in the divinity and lordship of Jesus, we’ve spent four studies addressing the work of Christ done on our behalf: His incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Now Article 2 of the Apostles’ Creed concludes with the belief in Christ’s imminent …

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The Ascension

he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father   In our study through the Apostles’ Creed, we have now covered the work of Jesus up to His resurrection. The miraculous incarnation set the foundations for the redemptive work of Christ. It provided the platform by which God the Son …

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The Resurrection

On the third day he rose again   Having now addressed Jesus as the eternal Son of God who became flesh and was crucified for our sins, we now come to His resurrection. For Jesus’ first disciples, this event was significant enough to shift their weekly worship from Saturday (the Sabbath Day) to Sunday (which …

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The Crucifixion

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.   Bruce Shelley opens his account of church history with this statement: “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” Indeed, it is no small fact that all four Gospels give …

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When Technology Replaces the Holy Spirit

Leaving pieces behind, in my opinion, is the most difficult aspect of sermon preparation. Yet for the sake of clarity and precision, some must be left on the cutting room floor. The following is one of those. While preparing to preach on the incarnation, I wanted to show how God becoming flesh proves that our …

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