The work of the Holy Spirit
Jesus promised that when he was no longer with the disciples, he would send “the Spirit of truth” to be with them—and us—forever. It’s not a coincidence that the Third Article of the Creed professes belief in the church—the community gathers to hear God’s word, to receive the forgiveness of sins, and to be fed with Christ’s body and blood before being sent back into the world equipped for its mission!
The Holy Spirit is the one who calls and gathers the church, sanctifying us and creating our faith in God and Christ. The Holy Spirit completes the most personal role, sustaining us in faith!
How do you think the Holy Spirit is working in your life?
What is the Holy Spirit?
The First and Second Articles of the Apostles’ Creed describe the word of God as Creator and Jesus as Redeemer. Interestingly, the Third Article simply says, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and then goes on to name some key places and ways the Spirit is at work. No description, no character traits, just a list of some other stuff we believe.
We can learn about the Holy Spirit and how it continues to work in and through the church, those who have gone before us, through forgiveness and what comes ahead of us. Spend some time today thinking about how God is using the Holy Spirit to guide, challenge and help you today!
The Third Article of The Apostles' Creed
Love. Freedom. Comfort.
Sometimes these words are hard to define, right? We know when they are there and when they are not. We know when we feel love, and we know when we don’t. We know what it feels like to have freedom and when we have freedom taken away. We know when we are comfortable, think of the most comfortable place in the world. We know what is not comfortable as well.
If I were to ask you to define the Holy Spirit, could you?
Before jumping into the last article of the Apostles’ Creed, think about the Holy Spirit. What does the Holy Spirit mean to you? How would you define the Holy Spirit? What does it do today in the world and in you?
Who is Jesus to you?
We all have ideas of who we think Jesus is, different ways to make sense of God becoming human and living among us. We need to continue to learn more about who Jesus was and is today, to help us grow in our faith and hope of God doing something new in our world and in us.
What gives you hope as you think about who Jesus is? How does the story of Jesus bring God to you today?
"Who do you say I am?"- Jesus
Just as the different pictures of Jesus are only a snapshot of who Jesus is, the Apostles' Creed is also a snapshot of who Jesus is. Read together with scripture, the Apostles' Creed can have more meaning for our lives.
We walk through the understanding of the Second Article in the video and we explore an interesting story in scripture where Jesus asks the Disciples "But who do you say I am?"
That's your question today, who do you say Jesus is? Discuss this with your family and see what you come up with. Do you understand what you are saying when you say these things? If not, it's okay, keep searching for understanding!
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Weekly posts pertaining to the Confirmation Lessons for the week. A great way for families to have conversations of faith at home, on the road, or around a meal.