There exists an invisible Church and visible Church. The invisible Church consists of the fellowship of all true believers and does not make any distinction based on age, culture, time, geography or any other classification (I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:25). Only God knows the true condition of one’s heart (I Sam.
“In his symbolic use of bread at the Last Supper, Jesus crystallized the link between Christian marriage and Christian eucharist1,” molding them into one and creating a bond that cannot be severed. During his famous last supper with his disciples, Jesus proclaimed a powerful message by combining food and the body. By employing a basic human requirement and creating a metaphor of the human body, Christ shattered previous barriers between social classes. Bread and wine were attainable by most humans and if they represented the body and blood of Jesus, it displayed a sense of community within communion. “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me,” Paul writes of Jesus’ eloquent words in 1 Corinthians 11:24.
Through the Scared Tradition and Sacred Scripture, revelation is transmitted to the Church. That is why revelation is also linked with Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium. Our obedience and faith should be our only response to revelation. Through this faith we give ourselves to God, so that we can have a strong relationship with him. He was the one who first gave himself and loves us.
From his conception to the day of Pentecost the Sprit was present and active in the life of Christ and the believers. We see in ... ... middle of paper ... ...BS, the true Great Commission requires believers to dive deep in to community with people, not simple build them a house. Following the Great Commission does not require a passport, but is does require a believer to be filled and lead by the Spirit. Biblical witness centers on the Spirits activity of “binding believers to Christ, incorporation them into the church as the body of Christ and equipping the church for mission.” Despite the best effort of the Church to be the hands and feet of Christ it is reassuring to know that the Spirit is still present and working in the hearts of people outside of the church’s work. Without the work of the Spirit in the hearts of believers and throughout the word, humanity would not know the love of God.
The church is holy in that the church is set apart to God by the Holy Spirit. The church serves as the dwelling place of God on earth and has a unique purpose to glorify God among all people. It is also a community of discipleship and repentance. The church is universal because as Roger E. Olson states, “it exists across barriers of language, ethnicity, culture and nationality.” (Olson, 304) The universal church extends from Pentecost, until the return of Christ and throughout eternity. The church is apostolic in that it is a continuation of the faith of the apostles of Jesus Christ who received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
Ephesians 3:16 speak about being fortified and strengthened. For the vast majority of us, we are fortified and supported by the witness of the organization of adherents with whom we venerate. Past that, we are reinforced by the witness of those from the past whom we recall in the cycle of the Church year, including those whose songs we sing, and those whom we recognize for their proclaiming, educating, and demonstrations of valor in the public arena, in light of Christian confidence. Second, it is the indwelling of Christ in the hearts of the assembly where adoration is delivered (Ephesians 3:17). Christ can 't be basically an idea or a memory.
We are all tied to one faith and the sacraments are the links that we tie it all together. Sacraments sometimes required preparation. In preparation of a sacrament, we are taught the underlining faith of Jesus Christ. Through our sacramental practices, we accept and acknowledge the faith of Jesus and who he was. Sacraments bring people of the church together in celebration.
In the beginning of both of these traditional Christian sayings, “Our father who art in heaven” counterparts “I believe in God, Almighty” (Lord’s Prayer; Apostles’). Both, by placing God before anything, stress a strong belief and respect in the Creator. Moving forth from that, “thy kingdom come” relates to “the holy catholic church” (Lord’s Prayer; Apostles’). As stated before, God is said to be present in the company of two or more in his name, therefore the church metaphorically establishes his kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven”. Written after, the people ask God to “give us this day our daily Bread” (Lord’s Prayer).
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty. Many Christians have grown up reciting something along the lines of the Nicene Creed. What seems to be a simple oath of the Christian believer has a deeper relationship with what each word really means, for it declares that God is the divine nature. Although the Council of Constantinople adopted the Nicene Creed along time ago, it will be looked at by how it applies to the present day believer in God. The creed supports how God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are homoousios.
Communion was to commemorate the death of Christ and the love of Christ through His body broken and his blood poured out . The emphasis lies on : " ... in remembrance of me . " 4 ) Calvin stated that the bread remains bread and wine but the wine was still a sacred meal was not merely remembering Christ . Not ! Holy Communion is a