The Creed: The Faith and Beliefs of Catholic Christians

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The Creed: The Faith and Beliefs of Catholic Christians

  1. 1. THE CREED CREDO
  2. 2. CREED: <ul><ul><li>From the Latin: CREDO, meaning “I believe.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credo in Deum . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Apostles’ Creed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credo in unum Deum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Nicene Creed </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. RELATED WORDS: <ul><li>Credit : To give credit to, put faith in, believe , trust (a statement, person, or thing). </li></ul><ul><li>Credence : The mental action of believing or accepting as true; belief. </li></ul><ul><li>Credible : Capable of being believed ; believable. </li></ul>
  4. 4. CREED: <ul><li>“ A form of words setting forth authoritatively and concisely the general belief of the Christian Church.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Creed: <ul><li>Those articles of belief which are regarded as essential ; a brief summary of Christian doctrine. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Creed as a RESPONSE <ul><li>We have to believe IN something. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to have Faith IN something. </li></ul><ul><li>The creed is our response to what has been revealed to us. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Responds: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. John 9: 1-38: The blind man responds. <ul><li>“ Do you believe in the Son of Man? </li></ul><ul><li>. . . He said, ‘I do believe, Lord,’ and he worshipped him.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. God speaks to us: <ul><li>How do we respond to God’s Invitation, His Grace, and Revelation? </li></ul><ul><li>We profess our belief! </li></ul><ul><li>Through CREATION </li></ul><ul><li>Through the revelation of SCRIPTURE </li></ul><ul><li>Through TRADITION – the teaching authority of the Church. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our Response to God <ul><li>We respond with faith – an act of will that says “ Credo . . . I believe.” </li></ul><ul><li>We persevere in faith, even when we doubt or do not understand. </li></ul><ul><li>On the basis of faith, we seek understanding. We continue to experience revelation. We continue to affirm our belief. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mark 9:21-24: Pray for a stronger faith <ul><li>“ Jesus said to him, . . . ‘Everything is possible to one who has faith.’ Then the boy’s father cried out, ‘ I do believe, help my unbelief !” </li></ul>
  11. 11. The “in cred ulity” of Saint Thomas
  12. 12. John 20:27-31: Thomas doubts, then believes <ul><li>“ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put you finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe .’ Thomas answered and said to him, ‘My Lord and my God.’” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. BELIEVE: <ul><li>To have confidence or faith in a person, and consequently to rely upon, to trust . </li></ul><ul><li>To believe in a thing , e.g. the truth of a statement or doctrine; </li></ul><ul><li>To give credence to (a person, or his statement); to trust </li></ul>
  14. 14. BELIEF: <ul><li>Mental acceptance of a proposition, statement, or fact, as true , on the ground of authority or evidence; assent of the mind to a statement, or to the truth of a fact beyond observation. </li></ul>
  15. 15. FAITH: <ul><li>Belief proceeding from reliance on testimony or authority . </li></ul><ul><li>Belief in the truths of religion; belief in the authenticity of divine revelation (whether viewed as contained in Holy Scripture or in the teaching of the Church ), and acceptance of the revealed doctrines.    </li></ul>
  16. 16. “Profession of Faith” <ul><li>PROFESS: To declare openly, announce, affirm; to avow, acknowledge, confess </li></ul><ul><li>PROFESSION: Any solemn declaration, promise, or vow. </li></ul><ul><li>We say THIS is what is TRUE! </li></ul>
  17. 17. OUR Professions of Faith <ul><li>The Apostles’ Creed : </li></ul><ul><li>A faithful summary of what the Apostles believed. </li></ul><ul><li>The oldest creed. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Apostles’ Creed <ul><li>I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen. </li></ul>
  19. 19. OUR Professions of Faith <ul><li>The Nicene Creed: From the ecumenical councils of Nicea (in 325 A.D.), and Constantinople (381 A.D.). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The common creed of Christian churches in the east and the west. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. The Nicene Creed <ul><li>We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary , and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Three parts of the Creed. <ul><li>Pt. I: God the Father: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.” </li></ul>
  22. 22. Pt. 2: God the Son <ul><li>“ I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. </li></ul><ul><li>He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. </li></ul><ul><li>He descended to the dead. </li></ul><ul><li>On the third day he rose again. </li></ul><ul><li>He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. </li></ul><ul><li>He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” </li></ul>
  23. 23. Part 3: God The Holy Spirit, & the Work of the Spirit. <ul><li>“ I believe in the Holy Spirit, </li></ul><ul><li>the Holy Catholic Church, </li></ul><ul><li>the Communion of Saints, </li></ul><ul><li>the forgiveness of sins, </li></ul><ul><li>the resurrection of the body </li></ul><ul><li>and life everlasting. Amen.” </li></ul>
  24. 24. Catechism: We become a Community of Believers <ul><li>“ Whoever says ‘I believe’ says ‘I pledge myself to what we believe.” Communion in faith needs a common language of faith.” </li></ul><ul><li>The creeds “summarize the faith that Christians profess.” </li></ul>
  25. 25. Creed & Catholic Identity <ul><ul><li>So we SHARE in the belief of the apostles, and share the same faith with all the other Christians through the ages . . . </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. . . . and around the world.
  27. 27. The faith is passed down to you . You are now called. <ul><li>“But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” -- St. Paul to the Romans, 10:14-15 </li></ul>
  28. 28. Called to be True Witnesses of the Faith in Confirmation. <ul><li>Catechism: “By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ , more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (1285). </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Freedom of Faith <ul><li>Catechism : </li></ul><ul><li>“ To be human, man’s response to God by faith must be free, and . . . Therefore nobody is to be forced to embrace the faith against his will. The act of faith is of its very nature a free act.” </li></ul>

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