A Common Creed

 

February 4

 

Read Ephesians 4:4-7

There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

 

Reflect

What essential doctrines should all Christians hold as truth?

 

As Christians, there are definite doctrinal statements that we all need to agree with. After all, if you don’t believe what Christians believe, you aren’t a Christian. So what are the core beliefs that all Christians should agree on?

 

Here, Paul lists seven convictions that all Christians should have in common. First, the church is the body of Christ. We all became a member of this church body when we accepted Christ. Second, is that there is one Spirit, the Holy Spirit. We can be unified in the fact that all believers have the same Spirit living in us.

 

Third, we should be united in the hope that we have in common. The hope of Jesus’ return to make all that is wrong in the world right. To wipe away every tear from our eyes. That we will live with Him forever! This is our one great hope!

 

Fourth, we would not be worthy of the name “Christian” if we did not believe in Jesus Christ, who is our one Lord. We believe that He has authority over our lives and we are to obey Him.

 

Fifth, Paul mentions one faith. This faith is that Jesus was sent by the Father to die in our place for our sins, that He was resurrected, that He now lives in us through the Holy Spirit, and that He will one day return for us. Sixth, when we believe and accept this one faith, we are filled or “baptized” by the Holy Spirit at the moment of our conversion. Therefore, we all believe in “one baptism.”

 

Finally, there is one God, our Father. In a family of believers, God is the head and we are His children. But Paul also says that God the Father is over all, through all, and in all. Thus, He isn’t just the Father of the church, He is the Father of everything and everyone!

 

Friends, we may have differences of interpretation and we may put our beliefs into practice in different ways. But the core of what we believe as Christians is the same. There are essential Christian doctrines. If you don’t believe them, you aren’t a Christian. But if you do believe them, you are united with a body of fellow believers who are vastly different in just about everything else. The church is a diverse place but we have the most important thing in common-this confession of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for the unity Your church can find in our common belief in You. Help us to hold unswervingly to these core doctrines, even in face of adversity. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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God is the Father of all mankind as He is the Creator of all mankind. You are right that some reject Him and spiritually are children of Satan. But God is still the Father of all mankind as Creator God.
Mt hope is in God and my Lord Jesus Christ.
WOW ~ thank you for sharing what God has been showing you! I think it is easy for us "curious" people (me included) to want to know the "why's" of different situations but it is amazing when we can move to that trusting phase & just focus on God! It is so much more peaceful!
My hope is placed on no one else but in You, O Lord Jesus, that You will return for all of us who believe in You and who await Your return to take us to live with You in eternity.
Amen!
Thank you for this Christ family Amen!
This was confirmation that God has been hearing me and that I have been hearing Him. The topic of “body of the church” has come up and I was discussing it with my best friend and my husband. I have to be open minded enough to understand that God works in different believers lives in different ways. And just because something seems overly done to me does not mean that they are worshipping God wrong. I asked God why different people who have had different experiences with dying and coming back? Their stories are all so similar but why did some people experience wonderful loving heavenly things and some just out of body experience? His answer to me was it was not for me to know. Then He reminded me that we are all one in the body of Christ but all have a different function and purpose.
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Heavenly Father We Praise and Thank You for Your Truth! Father we know You are The Father of all life who created all The Heavens and earth. Father we know what You said in John 8:44 . You are not of The world but of The only True home Heaven. There is another who is of the world Who believes he is a or the father but he is not nor will he ever be. It is Father Your True Doctrine that tells us who we are and who we belong to! That is You our Savior Jesus Christ, The Father Son and Holly Spirit, The One True Holly Unity. Lord we know or should know that we all belong to You, that we call our children ours but they are not, they are Your Father. Each new day I Rise for You only for You wake and lift me to rise up into Your Amazing Grace standing at Your right hand and hand leading the way. I keep my eyes fixed and locked on You alone Jesus. It is Your Faithfulness, Promises I cling to each new day. I Praise You for Loving us First choose us First to give us life back, only through You. Thank You Jesus for living inside me/us Your children. Praise God from whom all Blessings Fall. In Jesus name Amen
I hope this will help help you Jesus was and remains clear on His Truth. Jesus' critics have adamantly resisted His teachings. In part, this has hinged on their claims to be the children of Abraham (John 8:33). Jesus responded by pointing out that "true sons" behave as their father did. Since Abraham believed God, and these men do not, they are not part of Abraham's spiritual family. Instead, they are the children of some other father. So far, their conduct has been marked by violence (John 5:18), deception (John 7:21–24), and hypocrisy (John 8:1–11). They reject the message of Christ because they do not want to hear it (John 8:43). They've even insulted Jesus' family by insinuating that He is an illegitimate child—a "son of fornication" (John 8:41). Here, Jesus completes His statement about the true spiritual father of these critics, in spectacular fashion. In no uncertain terms, Jesus states that these hateful enemies are, in fact, the spiritual children of the devil. He refers to murder, resistance to the truth, and lies—all of which were part of His earlier criticism of these men. This is not a soft, timid response on the part of Jesus. This is an open, overt rebuke delivered against religious leaders who are leading others to hell (Matthew 23:15). Contrary to the caricature of Jesus as a fragile mystic, passages such as these prove His ability to present righteous strength. Context Summary John 8:31–59 is a passage which dovetails with John 2:13–22, where Jesus drives corrupt businessmen from the temple. These Scriptures disprove any myths that Jesus was weak, timid, passive, or soft. In this exchange with the Pharisees, Jesus pulls no punches. Jerusalem's religious leaders, and their followers, continue to resist Jesus' preaching. They rely on arrogance and insults, to which Jesus responds with blunt, unfiltered condemnation. This culminates in Jesus making an overt statement of His own divinity, punctuating the debate by declaring ''before Abraham was, I am!''
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE LESSON ON THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE BELIEF. VERY WELL EXPLAINED IN JESUS AMEN
Amen.🙏🏼💚
Thank you Lord
Glory!!! Thank you Lord for all things! And for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior!
Amen
Thank you, and God Bless!
I have a question in connection with your interpretation of Paul’s statement that God is Father of all meaning all of mankind rather than all of those who belong to Christ. In light of that, how do we interpret Jesus’s words in John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil”
We will hold true to these doctrines.
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
Wonderful words, thank you, and GLORY TO GOD!
thank you
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
United through Jesus! Hallelujah!!
Amen
Very good teaching, Pastor Nat. Thank you!
Define what you believe, and compare it to what the Bible says. Excellent, Steve. Thank you for your testimony.
Amen! This was the topic I was discussing with my husband yesterday and thanks for the clear explanation.
As believers, I think it is important to rise every morning and reaffirm your faith. - however you can. For me, it come in the form of slowly pronouncing an old prayer, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the creator of Heaven and Earth...”. Paul’s words here help guide us to remember what we believe and keep in common as we unite in one true church - the body of Christ.
I think as Christians, we have to uplift and walk along side people who may or may not have the same convictions. But as I stated to a person below, that is why small groups are so important so we can learn from one another and dive deeper into Gods word and find out what his will is for all of us. And like Steve, we need to realize that the Bible is infallible and that this is God's word for all of us!!
Thank you for how you explain this, I'm one who needs the simplest terms to help me understand FULLY what it is saying. Very much appreciated..
Those are the one's we pray for. God still loves them no matter what, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to pray for them to understand what it means to follow Christ. That's why small groups are so important in growing in the Lord, we challenge each other to become more Christ like without judgement!!
Amen.
The only thing that I struggled with in the descriptions of core beliefs, was that the Bible needs to be considered Infallible. So many Christians struggle with that. It is the revelation that God left us to know the Truth about Him, and the sinfulness of man and this earth. Without it we would not have a way to know our Awesome God. I myself was raised in a Christian home, heard about God all the time. Went to church, but never had Christ in my heart. At 40, through the death of a loved one I realized that I didn't know where I would go if I died. I had a faith but it was not based on the eternal infallible Word of God. By God's Grace I sought out Born Again Believers and they challenged me through scripture, to define what I believed, but compared to what God's Word says. A year later I surrendered my life to Christ, and received the gift of a new life. God lives through His Word, we will find truth., hope, peace and love in those pages. Praise be to God for His Word! Praying for all that read this, that you will be sure of what you believe and that it is based ONLY through God's Word. It is Truth, every word!
We all are grafted on to the true vine of Jesus by the faith we have received by grace. Lord I am so glad that I am part of the family of God. Help my faith grow to understand and trust who you are and what you want me to do. Amazing grace that saved a sinner such as I. All praise to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Our God three on one. Amen amen
Thanks. Amen. Love you Lord in Jesus name.
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DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER ;JESUS & THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HOPE FOR MY WHOLE FAMILY & ME TI LIVE WITH YOU HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS @*THANKYOUJESUS*
What if you have a natural aversion to going to church with people that don’t believe during the week only on Sundays