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Series: Luis Palau | Confessing the Creed

On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, we’re going to take a look at the Apostles’ Creed. This is a statement of faith for those who believe in Jesus Christ. Luis is going to break it down to explain what each sentence actually means.

Eternity in Heaven Friday, June 14, 2019

I have three children who are growing up in a world that can feel very dark. When my wife, Wendy, and I watch the news, my heart aches because of the things that are happening. I feel for the parents all over the world who also worry about the world their children are growing up into. The reality is, the Bible is clear that the earth belongs to the enemy. It is dark. Evil is real. But when we’re rooted in Christ, we can be assured of our future. When our children respond to the Good News, we can also be assured of their future – regardless of what happens here on earth.

We know that everyone who accepts Jesus as their personal Savior will spend eternity in Heaven. John 5:24 says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

As you hear this message, ask yourself: do your children have a relationship with Jesus? Have you offered it to them? Do you have a relationship with Him? Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior is the way to inherit eternity in Heaven. And walking with Jesus is the only way to experience true peace on Earth. In dark times He is with you.  And at all times, heaven is your home.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Communion of the Saints Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Apostles’ Creed has been a helpful expression of the core beliefs of Christianity throughout the history of the Church. One part of the creed confesses belief in “the communion of saints.” What does this mean? It means God’s people, the Church. Jesus Christ is the head of His Church. St. Paul writes in Ephesians, “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” “Saints” does not mean we are yet perfect.  It means separated for our Lord.

Are you a Christian? Then you are a part of the “communion of Saints.” And what a glorious thing that is! It is important, as we consider reaching our world with the Good News of Jesus Christ, that we never forget the Church. That we are inviting people to believe in Jesus Christ, and by doing so, we invite them to become a part of His Church. His family.

I have spent much of my life traveling the world, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. And I have been blessed to witness what the communion of saints truly means. Christians everywhere, in every place, at all times, are part of one church. We instinctively know each other. A family of God that will be a family forever. Who can you invite into God’s family today?

This is Luis Palau

Holy Spirit Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Apostles’ Creed explains God the Father, Jesus His Son, and then the Holy Spirit. The last part of the creed says, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy worldwide Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

In Martin Luther’s larger catechism he explains this part of the creed when he says, “Neither you nor I could ever know anything about Christ or believe on Him, and have Him for our Lord, unless it were offered to us and granted to our hearts by the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of the Gospel. The work of redemption is done and accomplished… But if the work remained concealed so that no one knew about it, then it would be useless and lost. So that this treasure might not stay buried, but be received and enjoyed, God has caused the Word to go forth and be proclaimed.” Isn’t that amazing? As we proclaim the Good News Gospel, the Holy Spirit does His work and people come to believe in Jesus Christ.

In Galatians, St. Paul affirms this, writing, “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
I’m so thankful that the Holy Spirit is working redemption by the proclamation of the Good News. Proclaim it today, won’t you?

This is Luis Palau.

Jesus Christ Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Apostles’ Creed can be a very helpful tool in reaching your world. It is a concise summary of the Christian faith. It clearly explains what the Bible teaches. If you aren’t sure how to share your faith, this can be a helpful way to express what you believe.

The creed first talks about God the Father, then about Jesus Christ, saying, “I believe… in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.” This part of the creed clearly explains our redemption. As Jesus says in Matthew, “This is my blood… which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Jesus Christ has become our Lord by redeeming us. He poured Himself out for us. Not only does God provide for us in this life, but through Jesus, He made the way for our eternal life. Share the glorious Good News of redemption with someone today.

This is Luis Palau

God the Father Monday, June 10, 2019

What do you say when you share the Gospel with a friend? Do you only tell them your take on things? It can be nice to tell people your story, but it’s also important that we share THE faith. The faith handed down from the saints through generations of the Church. From Jesus to today. It’s important to go outside of your own experience of Christianity, to the basics of Christianity itself. The ancient creeds are one helpful way of accomplishing this.

The creeds are not the Bible. But they are a helpful summary of what the Bible says. They’ve been used throughout the history of the Church to clarify in a concise way what Christianity is all about. The Apostles’ Creed is probably one you’ve heard before. The first part says, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”

In this short phrase, there is so much truth that needs to be shared with the world. In this statement, we are acknowledging a creator—God. A God who is our Father. We confess that He made everything we see. That He sustains us in this life and gives us everything we need. In 2 Corinthians we read, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” You see, each one of us is God’s creation. And in Christ, He turns us into a new creation:  actual children of God!  

This is Luis Palau

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