Posts from September 2017

Posts from September 2017

Basic Christian Affirmations – Six

Many Other Beliefs We Share We share with many Christian communions a recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the confession that our justification as sinners is by grace through faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of continual reformation and renewal. We affirm the general ministry of all baptized Christians who share responsibility for building up the church and reaching out in mission and service to the world. With other Christians, we…

Basic Christian Affirmations – Five

What We Believe About the Kingdom of God With other Christians we recognize that the reign of God is both a present and future reality. The church is called to be that place where the first signs of the reign of God are identified and acknowledged in the world. Wherever persons are being made new creatures in Christ, wherever the insights and resources of the gospel are brought to bear on the life of the world, God’s reign is already…

Basic Christian Affirmations – Four

What We Believe About the Church We understand ourselves to be part of Christ’s universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ. We are initiated and incorporated into this community of faith by baptism, receiving the promise of the Spirit that re-creates and transforms us. Through the regular celebration of Holy Communion, we participate in the risen presence of Jesus Christ and are thereby nourished for faithful discipleship. We pray and work for the coming…

Basic Christian Affirmations – Three

What We Believe About the Holy Spirit We share the Christian belief that God’s redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers. This community is the church, which the Spirit has brought into existence for the healing of the nations. Through faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven, reconciled to God, and transformed as people of the new covenant. “Life in the Spirit” involves…

Basic Christian Affirmations – Two

What We Believe About Jesus We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. At the heart of the gospel of salvation is God’s incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Scripture witnesses to the redeeming love of God in Jesus’ life and teachings, his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence in history, his triumph over the powers of evil and death, and his promised return. Because God truly loves us…

Basic Christian Affirmations – One

This week, we will be studying the basic Christian affirmations, that is, what all Christians believe regardless of the history or traditions of their local church or denomination. These teachings are taken from The United Methodist Book of Discipline, the book that teaches who we are as United Methodists in relation to the rest of the universal church. The language the Book of Discipline is a bit heavier than what I typically write for the Daily Readings, but it represents…

Galatians 5:19-21

Life in the Spirit Galatians 5:22-26 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Here is the new life God desires for all his children! All of these fruits of the Spirit will…

Galatians 5:16-18

Saying No to the World Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” We cannot live a dual life. Living by the Spirit requires us to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in every area of our…

John 16:12-14

Live by the Spirit Galatians 5:16-18 “Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.” Here is the key to godly living. If we…

John 14:25-26

The Spirit is our Teacher John 14:25-26 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, and one of his primary works is to remind us of everything Jesus said. When we study the teachings of Christ, we are building up…