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I believe rcia 2013

  1. 1. The Nicene Creed
  2. 2. God I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
  3. 3. God  "Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all Gods works." ---the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198
  4. 4. God I believe in one God. In the midst of a culture that worshiped many gods Yahweh revealed Himselfto Abraham and Moses as the one, true God. So, the creed starts by saying that there is one God.God is our Father. Father is the name that Jesus Himself used and gave to us for God.While the use of the word Father to refer to God may seem commonplace to the Christians of today, itwas a unique concept in the early years of the Church. No other religion dares to bring God to such anintimate relationship to man that we may consider ourselves as His children. The Old Testamentpeople did not even call out God’s name. So, by calling God our Father, we show that our God is notan impersonal God who just set us in motion, but rather a God who cares for us more than we canpossibly imagine.God is almighty. This means that His creative power is unlimited.God is the maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. This teaching confirmedthat God created everything that came into being, all things seen and unseen, and it was thus good.This ended a debate among some theologians who claimed that everything in the material world wasevil and to be despised. God created both good and holy.
  5. 5. JesusI believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,  By our profession of Jesus as “Lord,” like His disciples, we signify that He is undisputed master over our lives and is worthy of worship. the Only Begotten Son of God, The name Jesus means “God saves.” It was significant that Jesus was given a born of the Father before all ages. human name because it demonstrates His humanity. Jesus is fully human and fully God. God from God, Light from Light, Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, true God from true God, consubstantial with the Father This section of the Creed was, without a doubt, the most highly debated of all. There was never a time when Jesus, the Son of God, did not exist. Thus we proclaim that He was begotten, not made. begotten, not made, consubstantial Notice the change in the creed, which says Jesus is “consubstantial” with the with the Father; Father. It basically means Jesus is of the same substance or nature with the Father. Begotten means bringing forth something of the same nature or Through him all things were made. substance. Through Him all things were made. When one of the persons acts, all act For us men and for our salvation together – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (same substance). So when we speak about Jesus we must always remember that He is not only the Son of God; He he came down from heaven, also existed from the beginning. Why is this so important? Because, if Jesus Christ was only a human person like us, created in time out of nothing, then He could not save us. If Jesus was only a human person, His death on the Cross and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate would have been meaningless –an end in itself. of the Virgin Mary, Jesus came down from heaven and was born into our world - what we call the and became man. “Incarnation” solely for our salvation. Since the human person could not save himself from sin, could not by his own efforts regain the grace of God, God had to become human. Jesus, being divine, was the only person who could restore unity between God and us.
  6. 6. JesusFor our sake he was crucified  As God and human, Jesus was crucified, under Pontius Pilate, died and was buried. On the third day, he he suffered death and was rose, as the Scriptures foretell. These areburied, historical truths. and rose again on the third day Forty days after the resurrection, after in accordance with the appearing in his resurrected form to theScriptures. apostles and others, Jesus returned to He ascended into heaven and isseated at the right hand of the Father. heaven (he ascended) where he continues He will come again in glory to reside with the Father. to judge the living and the dead At the end of time, Jesus will come again and his kingdom will have no in glory for the final judgment.end. God’s kingdom is eternal: it always was, and always will be.
  7. 7. The Holy Spirit I believe in the Holy Spirit, the The Holy Spirit is also God, aLord, the giver of life, person of the Trinity together withwho proceeds from the Father and the Creator and Jesus.the Son, The Spirit is equal in importancewho with the Father and the Son and power to Jesus and the Father.is adored and glorified, The Spirit inspires the prophets towho has spoken through the speak truth.prophets.
  8. 8. The Church I believe in one, holy, catholic and The four marks of the Church: oneapostolic Church. church founded by Christ, holyI confess one Baptism for the because it was founded and isforgiveness of sins sustained by God, catholic - openand I look forward to the to all and apostolic, founded on theresurrection of the dead faith of the Apostles.and the life of the world to come. We believe in one Baptism – all who are baptized in the Trinity share the same life in God. We believe we will rise after death, and that we will continue to live in heaven after death on earth.
  9. 9. Amen. “Amen” means “I believe all of this to be true.”
  10. 10. The Nicene Creed Approved in 325 AD, the Nicene Creed is named for the city in which the ecumenical council that approved it met: Nicea.