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The Creed

The Apostles Creed is one of the oldest creeds in the Christian tradition. The earliest known mention of this creed came in 390AD in a letter by Ambrose to Pope Siriicus. We mentioned Sunday how the creed allows us to look back on that historical context and celebrate with generations past. We also saw that the creed can help us look at the now. We live in a culture which says ‘believe what you want to believe, there is not absolute truth’. But the creed helps us push against that narrative and claim what we believe boldly. Finally, the words of the creed give us hope for the future to look ahead knowing that God is at work in our world, and the really cool part is- we have a part to play as kingdom builders. And the words of the creed help us to communicate that future hope to those around us. As you read through the scripture texts this week see the pattern of looking back, looking at the now and looking ahead.



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Ascension

Jesus’ ascension into heaven proved that his sacrifice on the cross for us, really truly was perfect. All glory, authority, and power was returned to Jesus, who is now seated at His Father’s right hand. It is encouraging for us to know that Jesus physical body, our very flesh and blood, is in heaven. Jesus promises to return to bring us to where He is!

Three important things to consider: 1. Christ’s ascendancy. Jesus rules on the Father’s behalf. We observe something similar with Joseph, when he served under Pharaoh. For us, this requires us to acknowledge Jesus’ lordship over every aspect of creation, over us! 2. Christ’s Spiritual Omnipresence. Jesus is available to everyone, anywhere. He is attentive to our prayers, and he knows, he really knows what life is like, bad and good. 3 Christ’s heavenly ministry. Jesus, our reigning Lord, intercedes for us with the Father, he continually pleads on our behalf and serves us as our advocate. Jesus, together with God the Father, sends God the Holy Spirit so that we can continue to do the work the Father sent him to do. We will do even greater things than he did—because the Holy Spirit works in and through all of us!



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Serve the Lord

Jesus commands us to love one another. We accomplish this by serving one another. But, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes people aren’t as they ought to be. Sometimes it’s hard just to follow Christ. It seems like we can easily go from spiritual highs to spiritual lows. Is there a way to gain some consistency?



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Wait For Each Other

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Sharing the Meal

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Be a Blessing

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God's Faithfulness Gives Life

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Deep in their grief, the women went to the tomb to finish preparing Jesus’ body for burial. They should have known better, their efforts, though beautifully loving, were unnecessary. Jesus is alive! The tomb is empty! The angels reminded them of the words Jesus told them, how he’d be handed over to sinful men, crucified, died, buried, but on the third day he’d rise from the dead.

The disciples, the Eleven, didn’t believe the women. Peter checked it out for himself. They were right, they told the truth. Jesus body wasn’t there. He began to wonder. Together the disciples started putting the pieces in place. Jesus is alive!



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Unexpected Triumph

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God's Faithfulness Produces Reconciliation

Recap

On Sunday, we talked about Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, the parable of the lost son. Sunday marked the fourth Sunday in Lent. In today’s text we looked at the familiar parable of the lost son. And while many of us have heard this story countless times from Sunday school to many sermons over the years; it is our hope your hearts and minds can be opened as you dive into various other texts connecting to this parable.

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