Because I believe in the Holy Spirit…I will partner with God each day.
Some approach Christianity with suspicion and skepticism. A greater number glance at Christianity, shrug their shoulders and ask “So what?” The Apostles' Creed gives us a succinct summation of our core beliefs, but do we really believe them if we never turn the corner and ask how this impacts our lives?
In the Christmas season, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the first great miracle of Jesus: the Incarnation, God taking on flesh and becoming human. But followers of Jesus can’t unwrap the Incarnation without remembering that what is coming is the next great movement of God: the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 2:1–12
On October 31, 1517, a young monk and professor posted a list of interesting discussion topics to the local social media of his day, the door of the church. Today, we recognize Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” as a hinge on which all of history turned. What really happened 500 years ago? Why does it matter? Is the Reformation still going on now?
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:13–20
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3:16–17
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8–9
SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:16–17
Because I believe in the Resurrection of the body and the life everlasting…I will not give up.
SCRIPTURE: John 10:27–28
Because I believe in the forgiveness of sins…I will not carry grudges.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:21–35
Because I believe in the holy catholic Church and the communion of saints…I will not walk alone.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:27–28
Because I believe from then, He shall come to judge the quick and the dead…I will be ready to make every moment count.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:31–46
Because I believe that on the third day, He rose again, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father…I will trust that God is in control.
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 1:1–3, 12:1–3; Romans 8:18–39
Because I believe He descended into Hell…I will go the distance for others.
Because I believe He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried…I will live for more.
SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:35–45
Because I believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary…I will be available.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:26–38
Because I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord…I will give priority and loyalty to Jesus.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 8:5–13
Because I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth…I will cherish life as a gift.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 104:24–35
SCRIPTURE: Numbers 22:21–35