Baptism Challenge - Day 18
Welcome to Day 18 of the Baptism Challenge!
Here's the scripture in today's video: Ephesians 4:4-6
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (English Standard Version)
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (New International Version)
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (King James Version)
If you need help with remembering the Apostles creed, check out this short video:
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.
What does the Apostles Creed say about the Church?
Older versions of the Apostle’s Creed say, “I believe in the holy catholic church.” Updated versions say the “universal church,” or the "Christian Church." It means the same thing... the whole church, worldwide. All the true believers in Jesus.
Read Ephesians 4:4-6. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
When we say that we believe in the universal church we mean that we believe there is only one church, because there is only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. God created us for community and unity. This means that divisions within the church are outside of God’s will. His desire is for His church to be a unified force working together to spread the message of the Gospel.
This also means that our walk with Christ is not meant to simply be a personal, individual thing. You might hear someone say something like, “It’s just me and Jesus.” That’s not true, because God created us for community. God’s intention is that we commit to a body of believers (a church) and commit to being an active part of it.
Today's Baptism Challenge: Continue to memorize the Apostle’s Creed. Play the video above and see if you can quote it all yet!