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The Apostles' Creed

What do Christians believe? What is it like being a Christian? How should a Christian explain his or her faith? What does it mean to worship God? Unlike what some might expect, the Apostles' Creed is the historic summary paragraph of the central tenets of the Bible and the gospel. Take a look:

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
      the 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 arose 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 the saints;
      the forgiveness of sins;
      the resurrection of the body;
      and the life everlasting.

    Amen.

Irrespective of your religious interests, you must know the Apostles' Creed--what it says and what it means--if you want to know about Christianity. Join us Friday nights this Fall as we talk about these important truths of Christianity!

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“When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow.”

Maya Angelou

 

The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

thy life in my death,

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty

thy glory in my valley.