JESUS, CHRIST, LORD

A sermon preached this past Sunday, February 22nd – in a continuing series on the Apostles’ Creed. In the writing of this sermon I have made use of an essay by Richard Burridge in the book Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostles’ Creed.

 

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We come this morning to the second section of the Apostle’s Creed and to the heart of our Christian confession.

 

We confess: I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.

 

As we consider the heart of the Apostles’ Creed this morning; as we consider this statement of our fundamental trust in God; I’d like us to focus on the particularity that lies at heart of our confession. I’d like us to look at the particularity that defines us as Christians.

           

But first, what do I mean by this notion, this idea of particularity?

 

Well to explain the notion of particularity, we could begin by acknowledging that in Canadian society today there is tremendous interest in spirituality. There is a growing search for the deeper meaning of life. Men and women want to go beyond the mundane, beyond the everyday – which often seems meaningless. They want to reach beyond the superficiality of so much of human life in order to get hold of some deeper level of substance and significance. And the language that our culture applies to this search, to this desire for deeper meaning and significance, is the language of spirituality.

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Creation Poetry

A sermon preached today, in a series on the Apostles’ Creed.

 

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I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  

 

Creator of heaven and earth.

 

Genesis 1:1    In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters… Then God said, let there be light, and there was light…

 

God said, let there be lights in the sky to give light upon the earth, and it was so…

God said, let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth, and it was so…

God said, let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind, and it was so.

 

That God created the heavens and the earth is foundational to the faith we confess.

 

Where once there was nothing, there is something, by God’s grace and power.

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