Our Christianity can be defined and explained through one powerful liturgy: The Nicene Creed. You’re, no doubt, more familiar with the Apostles’ Creed—one of most ancient of affirmations of faith used by all branches of Christendom. It’s a compact way of defining faith and jumps from Jesus’ birth to crucifixion. But Jesus lived a whole life in between. The Nicene Creed acknowledges that and explains what mean when we talk about the communion of saints, the holy catholic church, and everlasting life. It wrestles with the theological issues that define ancient Christianity. Together, we’ll explore this creed and figure out what our past has to say about our faith today.Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson
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Corresponding Scripture: Mark 1:1-11 (NRSV)
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with[f] water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.