Our church has started some adult seminars on Sunday mornings before church, and now there is just SO much great "stuff" (learning) packed into a Sunday morning… Rej is taking the seminar on Mark, and Cathie is taking the one on "Coming Alongside"–which is all about learning how to comfort people, encourage them, be a good listener, hear what they’re not telling you, etc., etc. Add to that Rob’s always-packed-full-of knowledge sermon, and you see what we mean!
This morning we finished off the small series on the Apostle’s Creed. The third and final article is about the Holy Spirit. The first one is about GOD ABOVE US (God the Father, Creator), the second one about GOD BESIDE US (Jesus, God made flesh), and the final one about GOD WITHIN US–we are in the Story, immersed in the Mystery of God–by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- He speaks of Jesus, who speaks of the Father; He is also called "Lord".
- Popular spirituality glorifies the HUMAN spirit.
- The HOLY Spirit cannot be controlled (free–like wind).
- He is not tangible, but He IS
- He is LIFE: wind, breath; and water (quenches "thirst")
"the holy catholic church": (it’s a mystery that people come to faith, but they do–by work/conviction of the Holy Spirit)
-HOLY: set apart, called by God
-CATHOLIC church: means "universal" church; and no one is NOT a potential member of the Church universal; also has the meaning of fulness: full of the Spirit, and of God’s gifts and provision
"the communion of saints,"
- The Holy Spirit unifies;
- there is a sharing of needs;
- everyone can be a SAINT, if they accept God’s work in their lives; there isn’t anyone whom God is not able to work in;
"the forgiveness of sins,"
-the Holy Spirit helps us know we’re forgiven, and helps us forgive;
-but if we love as God loves, FORGIVENESS does not mean "overlook", but name the sin, in love.
"the resurrection of the body,"
-not just our spirits
"and the life everlasting."
– should be "eternal life", speaks not only quantitatively, but of the quality of life with God
-says "we believe", and "help us be faithful".
When Rob was finished, it seemed like no one really needed the cue to stand… we were ready to declare it:
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by 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 the life everlasting.
Walk to Rivendell: We leave the road and head north.