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Anchor Devotional - 09.13.16


“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

John 20:31

Since I was a child, I have been reciting the Apostles’ Creed in church. No one ever assigned that memory work to me. The weekly repetition of those ancient words fixed this fourth century creed in my mind. I’m so glad it is there because I always carry with me a simple but complete review of what I believe. A summary of the early apostles’ teachings, it is lively and current even today.

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 [universal]Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Scripture Focus

John 20:24-31

Insight

The one behind the creeds we profess—Jesus, the perfect Word—bids us to follow him.

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