Jan 30, 2022
January 30, 2022
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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 the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
If he doesn’t pay attention to them, tell the church. If he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like a Gentile and a tax collector to you.
Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.
Saul, however, was ravaging the church. He would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was praying fervently to God for him.
For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope at your calling — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, since we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church.
The [Apostles’] Creed challenges us to set aside our misconceptions and our frustrations and say, ‘I truly do believe in the church.’ We need to affirm that the church exists because of God, that this all-too human institution that fails too often because it is full of fallible human beings is still worth believing in because of God. He started it, and it belongs to Him. These are amazing and even countercultural assertions, because they are also entirely biblical. – Ray Pritchard
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