The Creed - I Believe In The Communion Of Saints

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The Creed - I Believe In The Communion Of Saints

  1. 1. I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker The Creed of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again fromIthe dead; he ascended into in the sitteth on the BELIEVE heaven, and right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to COMMUNIONinOF SAINTS judge the quick and the dead. I believe the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen
  2. 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 Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen
  3. 3. Key Question… “What is the Communion of Saints?” The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  4. 4. “In this communion there is no loss of individuality, yet such an interdependence that the saints are quot;members one of anotherquot; (Romans 12:5), not only sharing the same blessings (1 Corinthians 12:13) and exchanging good offices (1 Corinthians 12:25) and prayers (Ephesians 6:18), but also partaking of the same corporate life, for quot;the whole body . . . by what every joint supplieth . . . maketh increase . . . unto the edifying of itself in charityquot; (Ephesians 4:16). - Dr. James Dodds The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  5. 5. “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;quot; (John 17:20-22) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  6. 6. So Why So Many Denominations…? The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  7. 7. quot;“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”quot; (John 13:34-35) quot; Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men‟s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.quot; (Matthew 23:1-4) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  8. 8. “Everyone in my church gave me advice about how to raise my son, but a lot of the time they seemed to be reminding me that I have no husband – and besides, most of them were not following their own advice. It made it hard to care what they said. They were not practicing what they preached.” - Victoria, age 24 The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  9. 9. So What is Going On? The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  10. 10. Step 1 – To Experience the Communion of Saints, One Must be a Saint The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  11. 11. Saint… “Hagios” Lit. “Holy One” “to being dedicated or consecrated to the service of God” The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  12. 12. Usage of “Saint” in the Old Testament quot;As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.quot; (Psalm 16:3) quot;O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.quot; (Psalm 34:9) quot;„But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.‟quot; (Daniel 7:18) Qadosh: “holy; singled out; consecrated for” The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  13. 13. Usage of “Saint” in the Old Testament quot;“I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. “Thus he said: „The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. „As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. „He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. „But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. „Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.‟quot;(Daniel 7:21-27) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  14. 14. Many Uses in the Old Testament quot;But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem;quot; (Acts 9:13) quot;Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? quot; (1 Corinthians 6:2) quot;All the saints greet you.quot; (2 Corinthians 13:13) quot;Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.quot; (Revelation 14:12) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  15. 15. Christian/Believer = Saint The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  16. 16. Step 2 – To Experience the Communion of Saints, One Must Have Union with Christ The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  17. 17. “The title of this book, unChristian, reflects outsider‟s most common reaction to the faith: they think Christians no longer represent what Jesus had in mind, that Christianity in our society is not what it was meant to be.” The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  18. 18. Union with Christ quot; “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.quot; (John 15:1-5) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  19. 19. quot;One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth, He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself--creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.” - C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  20. 20. quot;For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.quot; (Romans 8:29-30) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  21. 21. quot; Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  22. 22. Step 3 – To Experience the Communion of Saints, One Must Join a Local Body The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  23. 23. quot;Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.quot; (Hebrews 10:23-25) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  24. 24. What Should We Practice as a Body? quot;They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles‟ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.quot; (Acts 2:42) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  25. 25. What Should We Practice as a Body? Worship Lit. “Worth-Ship” “to kiss the hand as a token of reverence”; “ “proskynéō “ – where we get our word for „prostrate‟ The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  26. 26. What Should We Practice as a Body? Bible-Centered Teaching quot;Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.quot; (1 Timothy 4:13) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  27. 27. Since 1975, Willow Creek has avoided conventional church approaches, using its Sunday services to reach the unchurched through polished music, multimedia, and sermons referencing popular culture and other familiar themes. The church's leadership believed the approach would attract people searching for answers, bring them into a relationship with Christ, and then capitalize on their contagious fervor to evangelize others. But the analysis in Reveal, which surveyed congregants at Willow Creek and six other churches, suggested that evangelistic impact was greater from those who self-reported as quot;close to Christquot; or quot;Christ-centeredquot; than from new church attendees. In addition, a quarter of the quot;close to Christquot; and quot;Christcenteredquot; crowd described themselves as spiritually quot;stalledquot; or quot;dissatisfiedquot; with the role of the church in their spiritual growth. Even more alarming to Willow Creek: About a quarter of the quot;stalledquot; segment and 63 percent of the quot;dissatisfiedquot; segment contemplated leaving the church. - “Willow Creek's 'Huge Shift„”, Christianity Today, 2008 The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  28. 28. “Greg Pritchard, author of Willow Creek Seeker Services, told CT the church quot;sporadically has recognized it was not teaching a robust enough biblical theology and needed to turn the ship around.”” - “Willow Creek's 'Huge Shift„”, Christianity Today, 2008 The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  29. 29. What Should We Practice as a Body? Observance of the Lord‟s Supper quot;On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.quot; (Acts 20:7) quot; For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”quot; (1 Corinthians 11:23-25) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  30. 30. Step 4 – To Experience the Communion of Saints, One Must Serve Their Local Body The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  31. 31. quot;Bear one another‟s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.quot; (Galatians 6:2) quot;So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.quot; (Galatians 6:10) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  32. 32. quot; Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.quot; (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  33. 33. Gift… “Charisma” “that which is freely bestowed and graciously given; favor bestowed; gift” quot;So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.quot; (1 Corinthians 14:12) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  34. 34. Service Among the Saints quot;“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”quot;(Mark 10:45) quot;For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.quot;(Romans 12:4-8) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  35. 35. Do You Believe All the Gifts of the Spirit Spoken of in Scripture are Active Today? The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  36. 36. Final Things to Keep in Mind The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  37. 37. The Communion of Saints 1. Become a Saint 2. Experience Union with Christ 3. Join a local body 4. Serve the/with the Saints The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  38. 38. Unity vs. Uniformity “Unity of faith doesn't mean uniformity of expressionquot; – Ravi Zacharias The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  39. 39. The Most Important Thing quot; If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.quot; (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) The Creed – I Believe in the Communion of Saints
  40. 40. I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker The Creed of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again fromIthe dead; he ascended into in the sitteth on the BELIEVE heaven, and right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to COMMUNIONinOF SAINTS judge the quick and the dead. I believe the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen
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