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102112 apostle's creed v   rev ashok 102112 apostle's creed v rev ashok Presentation Transcript

  • 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 A Study on the Apostles’ Creed APOSTLES’ CREED “He ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”
  • 1.2 The religious instinct within us expresses itself in 3 forms – a ritual, a creed and a life. 1.2.1 Ritual – an outward act to propitiate the Deity/God
  • 1.2.1 Creed – a rationale for worship, a formula of a confession of faith
  • 1.2.3 Life – not content with a ritual and creed, people attempt to express their religion in their life
  • 1.3 FOCUS TODAY: Jesus is not passive but actively interested in you and me – to prepare us for His glorious return.
  • 2. JESUS MAY SEEM TO BE “RESTING ON HIS LAURELS” NOW 2.1 Jesus has every right to do so – because He perfectly finished the work of salvation.2.1.1 “It is finished.” (John 19: 30)
  • 2.1.2 “But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God …” (Hebrews 10: 12)
  • 2.2 He ascended to heaven. (Acts 1: 9)
  • 2.3 He is exalted at the right hand of God. 2.3.1 “The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” (Psalm 110:1)
  • 2.3.2 Peter (Acts 2: 25-36) linked this prophecy with the death, resurrection and exaltation of the Son.
  • 2.4 God has sent us the Holy Spirit. 2.4.1 “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counsellor (Paraclete) to be with you forever …” (John 14: 16)
  • 2.4.2 Peter liked the extraordinary phenomena of Pentecost as God’s promise (in Joel 2: 28 – 32) fulfilled: Pouring of God’s Spirit that ushers in end times. (Acts 2: 14 -21)
  • 3. BUT NO … JESUS IS ACTIVELY HELPING US TODAY 3.1 Jesus promised His eternal presence in the Great Commission.  “And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 20)
  • 3.2 Jesus welcomed Stephen (the first martyr)  Stephen said: “Look, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7: 56)
  • 3.3 Jesus called (audible) Saul on the road to Damascus.  “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?” “Who are You, Lord?” “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
  • 3.4 Jesus is our High Priest and Intercessor, forever.
  • 3.4.1 The author of Hebrews is the only one to show that Jesus belongs to the Order of Mechizedek. (Hebrews 7: 1 - 22)
  • 3.4.2Jesusalways livesto intercedefor us.(Hebrews 7:25)
  • 4. FINALLY, JESUS WILL JUDGE ALL & BRING A GLORIOUS END TO WORLD HISTORY 4.1 One erroneous view: Ultimately, God will forgive and accept everyone.
  • “Flap! Slap! A wipe ofthe sponge and hewashes out al thesins. Away with you…run off toParadise!” God saysto the soul,“Peterkin, let thispoor little creature intoo!”(Zorba the Greek)
  • 4.2 The judgment day is for sure and Jesus is the Judge. 4.2.1 “He is the One God appointed as Judge of the living and the dead.” (Acts 10: 42)
  • 4.2.2 Man has to give an account to the Judge of the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4: 5)
  • 4.3 Jesus assures us salvation is we believe in Him. (John 3:16)
  • But belief in Christ means choosingto wholeheartedly follow Him,which is God’s will.
  • 4.3.1 There can be “pseudo- Christians”  “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7: 21)
  • 4.4 Hell is real.
  • 4.4.1 “Depart from me, you who are cursed into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25: 41)
  • 4.4.2 “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20: 15)
  • 4.5 The new Jerusalem means God will dwell with us forever – no more tears pain, suffering or death. (Revelation 21: 3 – 4)
  • 4.6 Practical Application 4.6.1 A Rite, A Creed , A Life 4.6.2 The Journey is as Important as the Destination (maturity in Christ)
  • 4.6.3 Hence … A) Break free from “sensationalism” B) Focus on fellowship with Jesus
  • C) Following Christ means bringing others onto the Gospel Train.
  • 5. SUMMARY / CONCLUSION