I Love My Church – I Love Our Youth

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:1-2‬ ‭NIV

The Apostles’ Creed begins with the words “I believe in.” The Creed is an affirmation of the Christian story. It affirms the basic doctrines of our faith. The Creed is more than just an individual statement; it’s both personal and corporate. As you read and reflect on the Creed you are surrounded by “a large cloud of witnesses” who have gone before you (Heb. 12:1), and you identify with the Universal Church.

In the early church, uttering the word “I believe” meant identifying in the closest possible way with the gospel. When believers said the Creed, they were identifying themselves as citizens of a different kingdom—the kingdom of God. This meant, and still means today, that believers could face persecution, alienation, and even death. The Creed is far more than a list of propositions; it’s the summary of the faith that has been practiced throughout church history.  The scriptural truths contained in the Creed help us operate from good theology, with the knowledge that our faith is rooted in a rich history that spans past, present, and future. The lines of the Creed aren’t mere words. They convey the essence of what we confess and believe as the body of Christ.

This Sunday our youth and young adults will be leading worship at the Lakeville Campus. One youth at Lakeville is confirming his faith and sharing what he believes about God. Our Youth Directors Grace Dietz and Anthony Perry will be sharing a special message on the basics of faith. The Inver Grove Heights Campus is doing an ecumenical Service with New Heights Church with a luncheon following. Pastor Dan Schauer will be sharing the message. All of us will be reciting the Apostles Creed and affirming what we believe. Please read and reflect on the Creed this week in preparation for this Sunday’s worship.
Ecumenical Version
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and 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. Amen.

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn