PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

1/22/2020

THE CREED

If you pay any attention to the radio, TV, social media or magazines you will notice a variety of ways people view God. American’s have blurred the distinction between the God of the Bible and the myriad of false gods. We confess in the ancient Athanasian Creed: “and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.” There is indeed one God comprised of three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit all equal in glory and coequal in majesty. Like many churches, Pilot Knob Lutheran confesses each Sunday either the Apostle’s Creed or the Nicene Creed.

The word creed comes from the Latin credo, meaning “I believe.” Creeds are summary confessions of faith used by the majority of churches. They developed at a time when most people could not read, so they needed something they could memorize and remember. The Apostle’s Creed, the most widely used one has three parts speaking of the Father as creator, Son as redeemer and the Holy Spirit as the one who calls and sanctifies, i.e., makes Holy. The Apostle’s Creed has its title because its roots come from the Apostles teaching.

The creed begins with, “I believe.” The creed is a personal confession made public that what you confess you also believe. Here we state plainly that we believe God the Father created heaven and earth, not the process of blind chance. We confess that Jesus Christ is the unique Son, the virgin birth, his crucifixion for our sin, his resurrection, ascension to heaven and his promise to return. And lastly, we believe in the Holy Spirit, responsible for forming (planting), nurturing and preserving the true Christian Church and one day raising everyone from the dead. If you believe all this then you are making a true confession of what you believe and live for. It is beneficial to read through the creeds as a reminder of what you confess to God and confess publicly. It is also a good way to keep the core of the Gospel in your mind and heart.

 

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:  Wednesday 22, 3:30.   Confirmation class.

6:30PM Bible Study. Anyone is welcome.

 Sunday 26, 9:00 Morning worship.  Sermon: Ekklesia & Thanksgiving

10:15 Sunday school for all.  Annual reports due to Betty.

Annual meeting, Sunday, February 9, 10:20 or so, AM