102112 apostle's creed v rev ashokPresentation 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)