This modern creed is a confession of faith that honors the essential theological elements of the ancient church creeds while intentionally reflecting the place of the church in the modern world.
It’s because of my relationship with Jesus Christ that I can look at any person in the world – black, white, brown, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, gay, straight, left, right, conservative, liberal – and see in them the very imprint of the image of God himself, their Creator.
Salvation can be described in many ways – repenting and believing, receiving Christ, trusting in Christ, believing in him as Lord and Savior – but perhaps my favorite terminology has become bowing before Jesus as King. He saves all who are allegiant. All who surrender. All who trust in his care.
The good news you’ve been waiting for all your life is this – the Messiah and Savior came, just as God promised, to die as a payment for the penalty of our sins and to rise again to reign forever and ever as King and High Priest!
When you’re fully surrendered, fully immersed, and fully empowered, everything is different. You’re not more or less a Christian, but you’re enhanced. You do all the same things, but with supernatural energy beyond your own when you submit to the filling and empowerment of the Spirit.
Churches, on the whole, should be infusing more emotional engagement into their worship services and not less.
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The more we come to depend on an all-powerful God to show himself strong through our weakness, the more God will move among his people. Let’s pray as never before for God to expand the witness and influence of his church in this world! God, give us a breakthrough!
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