Baptism Challenge - Day 17

Welcome to Day 17 of the Baptism Challenge! 

 

Here's the scripture in today's video: Psalms 104:30

Each day, I'll be including the Scripture of the day in 3 different versions: ESV, NIV, and KJV. If you have a preferred translations at your church, great. Hopefully it's one of these. It can be helpful to compare various translations to get a feel of the full texture of what the Scripture is saying. 

When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,

    and you renew the face of the ground.

(English Standard Version)

When you send your Spirit,
   they are created,
   and you renew the face of the ground.

  (New International Version)

Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

(King James Version)

Here's a short video to help with memorizing the Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
     and born of the virgin Mary.
     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried;
     he descended to hell.
     The third day he rose again from the dead.
     He ascended to heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
     From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy catholic* church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed also references the Holy Spirit, specifically in connection to Mary’s conception of Jesus. Read Psalm 104:30.  

 

30 When you send forth your Spirit,[a] they are created,

    and you renew the face of the ground.

 

There are a lot of people who misunderstand the Holy Spirit. Some people say the Holy Spirit is just some mystical force. Others imagine that the Holy Spirit is simply the term for the power that God makes available to Christians. But the Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is a sentient being not simply an impersonal force or power. The Holy Spirit has a special role when it comes to new beginnings, whether it’s the conception of God’s Son, the new Birth of Christians, or even the creation of the world. The very beginning of the Bible tells us that the Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. It was the Holy Spirit that breathed life into Jesus’ body when He rose from the dead. It was the Holy Spirit that came down at Pentecost and empowered the church to boldly proclaim the Gospel. It is the Holy Spirit that creates a new life for us and empowers us to live it. 

 

Challenge: Continue to memorize the Apostle’s Creed.