We are surrounded; let us run the race.
Our sense of community is often shaped only by those around us, but what if we realized more and more that time has no anchor in eternity and the Christians who lived and died faithfully have their stories to help shape us too.
Let us learn from those who risked, and chose Jesus without looking back.
Our sense of the Gospel might sometimes mean we decide to follow Jesus and we don't invest time or thought into how we should then live. Let's grow together and be set apart to do Christ's work.
This world is not our own. We're here to serve others and lean into God's grace.
How will your life be a pointer to Jesus? Will those who come behind us find us faithful or indifferent to the bodily death and resurrection of Jesus, to the love of God and love of neighbor?
What gets you on the great cloud of witness besides falling asleep, as Paul puts it? Well, here's a guide. The Apostles Creed is one of a few early creeds that sought to put down the Christian theology (the study of God) in a few words. The origin of the creed is very early in Christian history and based in the Gospels.
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy Catholick Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.
What's in a denomination?
Actually, a lot. It represents a community of believers and a structure that is either more or less authoritative, more or less rooted in history and practice. There are dangers whether you are rooted in like the Orthodox, for example, or as new to the life on this tree as the congregational, non-denominational churches. The most important is to secure yourself to Jesus, his death and bodily resurrection, the Author and Finisher of our faith.