Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
If the truths in that creed have become living realities in your life and mine, then that is what binds us together as members of the Body of Christ, His Church, and NOTHING else.
Of one thing I'm certain, everything else flows from that!
I have some strong views which have developed during more than fifty years of preaching and teaching, and experience among congregations. These views regard traditional church practice as well as the practice of other more modern expressions of the church, yet the conversations I'm reading make me very sad, and convince me we haven't learned very much
Whether you are part of a traditional church, a home church, or some other expression of the church gathered, you are my brother or sister in Christ, regardless of the expression of the church you belong to.Regardless of what expression that is remember who you claim to be, and represent.
I think Paul's words to the Roman Christians are very relevant:
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.