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Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"
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Apostles Creed "I believe in the church"

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Part 5 of Sermon Series on Apostles' Creed. Message by Rev Dr Ng Swee Ming on 28 Dec 2013.

Part 5 of Sermon Series on Apostles' Creed. Message by Rev Dr Ng Swee Ming on 28 Dec 2013.

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  1. “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Gandhi
  2. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried:
  3. The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
  4. I believe in the Holy Spirit: the holy catholic Church: the communion of saints: The forgiveness of sins: The resurrection of the body: and the life everlasting. Amen.
  5. Apostles’ Creed I Believe in ... the holy catholic church, the communion of saints...
  6. GOD, JESUS – NO PROBLEM Church, Religion, Christians however... “I believe in God, even Jesus, but I don’t believe in the church.” “Christians are a bunch of hypocrites” “The Church is a big disappointment...” “Church is more concerned about what I wear ... say ... how I behave .... but not about the real me !”  "I admire Christ, but I have no use for the church"; "Christianity is great, but the church is a racket";
  7. The problem is that God believed in the church. He ‘created’ it & Jesus ‘declared’ it Ref Matt 16:15-20 “But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
  8. PETER later wrote in 1 Peter 2:4-5 4 As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
  9. PAUL’s declaration in Eph 2:19-22 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
  10. I believe in the Church... The Church is not a building ... but PEOPLE you and I... We don’t attend church, Rather we are the Church.
  11. I Believe in the Church ‘going to a garage does not make you a car’ ‘a mouse in a cookie jar ‘working in McDonald’s isn’t a do not make you a cookie’ hamburger’ Corrie ten Boon. Similarly : ‘Coming to church doesn't make you a Christian’
  12. “I believe in the church.” CHURCH ? • NT (Gk) : ekklesia. – Ek means 'out' or 'out of' and – Kaleo means 'call'. • Ekklesia : people 'called out‘ – To be 'called out' of one place is to be 'called to' another place. – The Church : people called out of the ‘world’ and called to God and each other.
  13. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” 1st Mark of the Church :  HOLY Why & What’s HOLY ? Eg Israel – Holy Land Jerusalem - Holy City Bible – Holy Book Christians – Holy Nation - Holy People ** Hagios (Gk) – Holy (same word as for ‘saint’)
  14. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” 1st Mark of the Church :  HOLY (Gk: Hagios) • being “set apart” • ‘pure’ moral character The HOLY CHURCH is ...  set apart,  consecrated to God  a reflection of God’s character.
  15. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” 2nd Mark of the Church :  CATHOLIC ? DO NOT Refer to the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH  catholic – Gk : katholikos  kata – ‘about’ , ‘according to’  holos – ‘whole’. ‘according to the whole’, ‘in general’ or ‘universal’  Early 2nd C Ignatius of Antioch – “Where Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic church.”
  16. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” 2nd Mark of the Church : “catholic” – We are all united in Christ (regardless of our denominations) – Unity does not demand uniformity – We can have unity amidst diversity ‘catholic’ refers to ...  the universal church, God's redeemed people, the body of Christ  all Christendom, through time and space ...  the ‘invisible’ church
  17. Universal Vs Local ‘Church’ UNIVERSAL CHURCH Invisible One Church No Denominations Christians Living & Dead Whole Body of Christ Christ – Visible Head in Heaven Indestructible LOCAL CHURCH Visible Many Churches Many Denominations Christians & Non Christians Only Living members Part of Christ’s Body Christ – Invisible Head on Earth Destructible
  18. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” 3rd Mark of the Church : CHURCH - not churches Nicene Creed : “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” The Church is to be  ONE  UNITED  in UNITY
  19. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” Jesus high priestly prayer in John 17 v21 “that all of them may be one, Father, ... so that the world may believe that you have sent me. V23 “...May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me”  The Church : ‘Demo Unit’ to demonstrate on the earth ... the perfect unity that exists in heaven between the Father and the Son.
  20. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” ONEness and UNITY • Christians are trying to “create” unity among churches eg ecumenism • BUT God has already done that in Christ. • The Church / Christians are called to “maintain” and “keep” the unity God has already set in place
  21. “I believe in the holy catholic church.” ONEness and UNITY Ref Eph 4:3-6 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
  22. Churches ....
  23. Unity with our Christian brothers & sisters is not an ideal for which we strive BUT a reality in which we participate - Bonhoeffer “We may not all be on the same chapter, but we should be in the same book". “Unity of Faith doesn’t mean Uniformity of Expression” Ravi Zacharias
  24. the Communion of Saints.. 'communion’ ? ‘the Lord's Supper’ or ‘Holy Communion’ or ‘the Eucharist’ Gk : Koinonia – NT 19 X o deep fellowship, intimate sharing o togetherness NB Aristotle & Marriage Sharing our life in Christ As a result - we share life with one another
  25. the Communion of Saints.. SAINTS ? Gk : ‘hagios’  People ‘set apart’ ... (same for ‘Holy’) In the NT • Saints x 45 • Saint - Nil All of us are ‘Saints’ Saints - all Christians living and dead In action ...
  26. “Saints”
  27. Beware of ... Denominationalism ?? Religiosity ?? Churchianity ??
  28. The Perfect Church I think that I shall never see A church that’s all it ought to be; A church that has no empty pews, Whose preacher never has the blues; A church whose deacons always “deke” And none is proud but all are meek; Where gossips never peddle lies Or make complaints or criticize; Where all are always sweet and kind And all to other’s faults are blind. Such perfect churches there may be, But none of them are known to me.
  29. The Perfect Church But still we’ll work, and pray and plan To make our church the best we can! If you could find the perfect church, Without one fault or smear, For goodness sake, don’t join that church You’d spoil the atmosphere. If you should find the perfect church, Then don’t you ever dare To tread upon such holy ground, You’d be a misfit there
  30. The Perfect Church But since no perfect church exists, made of imperfect men, Then let’s cease looking for that church and love the one we’re in Of course it’s not a perfect church, that’s simple to discern But you and I and all of us could cause the tide to turn. Anonymous
  31. I don’t go to church because ... • a church member cheated me ... • a church leader betrayed my trust ... • of the gossips ... • no one cared when I lost my job ... • no one visited me when I was sick ... • of the behavior of the Pastor’s children ... • I had a ‘bad experience’ in church ... • ???
  32. Application • The CHURCH is PEOPLE, – not buildings, – not organization, – not programs • The CHURCH is PEOPLE who are SAINTS • The CHURCH is PEOPLE who are SAINTS called to be HOLY • The CHURCH is PEOPLE who are SAINTS called to be HOLY living in COMMUNION
  33. I Believe in the Church You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not be committed to church.
  34. Application • SSMC –a Local Church – is part of the catholic (universal) church • Is SSMC perfect ? • Am I perfect as your Pastor ? • Are you perfect as a Saint ? • Are you surprised to find imperfect people in church ? ‘To live above with the saints we love, that will be glory. But to live down below with the saints we know, that’s another story’
  35. Application : Heb 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
  36. Application STEPS to take : 1. Becoming a ‘Saint’ – taken out of darkness – into His marvelous light “You become a ‘Saint’ by committing yourself to Christ, that’s SALVATION. Then you become a church member by committing yourself to a local church, that’s COMMUNION”
  37. Q: Can I be a Christian without being part of a local church? Yes, you can ... BUT it's like... being a soldier without an army a sailor without a ship a business person without a business a tuba player without an orchestra a football player without a team or a bee without a hive. By definition, Christians gather, and when we gather we are the holy catholic church.
  38. Application STEPS to take : 2. Make SSMC your Home Church 3. Join a Discipleship Group (DG) 4. Getting involved in a ministry “Do not be spiritual orphans who move from one church to another without any identity, accountability or commitment.” Rick Warren
  39. Story of JIM SULKERS
  40. The Church as it should be : “The Local Church is indeed the hope of the world. There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breath-taking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community.
  41. The Church as it should be : It builds bridges to seekers and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, and the disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed and offers belonging to the marginalized. The potential of the local church is almost beyond measure.” Adapted from Bill Hybel
  42. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: Apostles Creed
  43. The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead: Apostles Creed
  44. I believe in the Holy Spirit: the holy catholic Church: the communion of saints: The forgiveness of sins: The resurrection of the body: and the life everlasting. Amen. Apostles Creed
  45. “I believe in the church.” THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord, She is His new creation by water and the Word. From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.
  46. “I believe in the church.” Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth; Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth; One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued.
  47. “I believe in the church.” Though with a scornful wonder we see her sore oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed, Yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, "How long?" And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

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