Feb 20, 2022 |The Apostles Creed


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02.20.22 | The Apostles Creed


Drew Ansley

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11

God has put a longing for eternity and perfection in our hearts. How do you seek to fill that longing? Drew Ansley, pastor at Refuge Detroit, challenges our view of eternity and asks if we are truly living with an understanding of what has been purchased and promised for those who have placed their faith in Jesus.

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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.


Started from the bottom, now we’re here. – Drake


We long for heaven on earth


What does the worker gain from his struggles? I have seen the task that God has given the children of Adam to keep them occupied. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11

Now, if we are made for heaven, the desire for our proper place will be already in us, but not yet
attached to the true object, and will even appear as the rival of that object. – CS Lewis


Theology Comes out of our fingertips – Douglas Wilson


Our vision of eternal life is too low


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

Revelation 21:1-4

sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power; sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:43-44

What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruption. Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality.

1 Corinthians 15:50-53

Rise up: because I will live forever, I can die daily


Why are we in danger every hour? I face death every day, as surely as I may boast about you, brothers and sisters, in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus as a mere man, what good did that do me?

1 Corinthians 15:30-32

Five times I received the forty lashes minus one from the Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, and dangers among false brothers; toil and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and without clothing.

2 Corinthians 11:24-27

Turn down: because I will live forever, I can put sin to death


If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Come to your senses and stop sinning; for some people are ignorant about God. I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:32-34

Endure: your life and labor are not in vain


Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58

How does the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of our future resurrection and eternal life change the way you live, the motivations for living that way, and the passions that power your life?

How does the hope of the resurrection of the body and eternal life give you daily power to live in victory over sin? In what areas do you feel you are losing the battle?

What are/were your assumptions about “heaven” that this message and 1 Corinthians 15 as a whole challenge? What does that change?

Do you look forward to eternal life? Why or why not?

How do these truths change why you get out of bed in the morning and how you go about your day?