Posted by: Veroni Kruger | June 29, 2015

Gay marriage?

On January 20, 2014 the title of my blog was “What should the church do about gays?” At the time I wrote:

“The church can no longer avoid the issue. Some have responded by becoming more legalistic about it, like my friend who denied his son access to their home “until you are straight again” (sic!) and the pastor who denied a professing gay membership in the local church. There are others who have come to the conclusion that gay relationships are quite in order from a Biblical point of view.”

The issue has become even more critical now, with the US Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage.

As a Bible-believing follower of Jesus, I want to present the following perspective. Note: “Bible-believing follower of Jesus” means I am just human, and therefore cannot pretend to speak the definitive word on the issue.

1. The Bible categorizes the gay lifestyle as being sinful

In spite of many efforts to explain away the severity of Scripture’s judgment of the gay lifestyle, I have yet to be persuaded that the Bible does not condemn the lifestyle outright as being contrary to God’s will and determination for mankind.

2. Condemning the lifestyle does not imply condemning the people who engage in it.

There are two sides to this. Christians unfortunately often err by confusing the practice for the people, thereby condemning the people. It is completely unbiblical for anyone to judge anyone else. Maybe partly because of this too common error on the part of Christians, gays often interpret proclamation of Biblical principles as being condemnatory of the persons in itself.

3. Explaining that any lifestyle is sinful (according to the Bible) without providing a “way out” is completely ineffective.

In my previous blog on this topic, I wrote: “Let us create an environment in which everyone may feel free to worship God with us, trusting God to work in people’s lives to make of them what He wants them to be.”

Now I want to say: If we truly believe the gay lifestyle is not what God wants for people, let us provide some help to gays to find their way out of the lifestyle. Some would say “If they would only commit their live to Jesus …” Others would say it is only a matter of making the right decision. One could add a multitude of Christian clichés to the list of “remedies”. But let’s be honest that there are complications involved that we have not even begun to understand, physical, emotional, psychological, social…

The church should provide assistance in all areas. We should start with acceptance of the person, born of the love of Jesus for all people, and the grace of God, tempered with the realization that we all are after all, sinners. This precludes any form of judgment on the person. Follow this with a sincere effort to understand and to help to understand through counseling, employing the best counseling skills available. Undergird all of this with a support base of prayer trusting God for the miracle of transforming lives into what his ideal is for all of us – that we may become more like Christ.

Who knows but that with a good dose of humility we “may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” and “be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph 3.18,19).

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Posted by: Veroni Kruger | April 17, 2015

Association of Vineyard Churches in South Africa on Xenophobia

Go to this link for a prophetic statement

http://alexanderventer.com/avc-sa-statement-xenophobic-violence-in-sa-15-april-2015/

Posted by: Veroni Kruger | March 31, 2015

What Did Jesus Do The Day After He Was Crucified?

Gospel accounts only mention authorities fearing His prediction that He will rise again, and sealing the tomb. However, the Bible is such an amazing book that that one can glean information from other Scriptures.

1 Pet 3.18-19
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits

What would Jesus have announced? The following Scriptures tell of a theme of the preaching of Jesus. It seems reasonable that He would have spoken on the same theme when He entered the world of the dead.

Matthew 4.12-17
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.

Mark 1.14-15
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus announced in the world of the dead that the kingdom of God had dawned.

Revelation 1.18 is also relevant.
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

A picture comes to mind: Jesus entering the world of the dead, announcing that the Kingdom has come, and saying: “You’re looking at the King!” Then demanding the keys to the world of the dead from Satan.

An illustration from the Old Testament, where David is a prototype of Jesus:
But David said to Saul, Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. (1 Sam 17.34-35)

Jesus entered the lair of Satan and defeated him!

Consequences For Us:

Believers need have no fear of death
1 Cor 15.52-57
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers need have no fear of evil spirits
They all know about the announcement!

For Bible Readings for Holy Week, go to http://www.twftw.org

Posted by: Veroni Kruger | January 12, 2015

Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures

There can be no doubt that we are living in drastic times:
* The truth is being attacked from all sides:
* Increasing secularization is making it seem old-fashioned and foolish to persevere in faith.
* Within the church the truth is being compromised increasingly in a false attempt to be acceptable.
* The Gospel is often diluted because the cross of Jesus Christ is even more of a disgrace today than it ever was before.
* There is an Increase of violence all over the world.
* Adherents of lslam are increasingly militant.
* Almost everyone is experiencing economic pressures.

What are Christians to do in these times?

We should realize that we are radical people with a radical beginning and expecting a radical outcome. Therefore our conduct must be radical.

The radical outcome
Jesus will come as the King of all Kings. Every knee shall bow before Him and every person confess that He is Lord and Christ. The Kingdom of God will be consummated, meaning everyone will know that God is God and He alone.

We are heading for the radical manifestation of the kingship of God, that will last for eternity. The end of all resistance, the sterilization of the powers of evil, the termination of all suffering, the achievement of God’s ultimate purposes with creation. The fulfillment of what Paul calls the “Hope of Glory”.

The radical beginning
There are many different ways in which people find God, but one thing is certain: there needs to be a commitment to begin with. This entails the realization of lostness without God, confession of sins, acceptance of Christ Jesus as the Saviour, and a decision to serve God.

This decision is blessed by God through granting us to be born again, that miracle of becoming a new creation through the work of the Holy Spirit. Being born again is a radical transformation of a person’s inner life. The Bible says it is as radical as exchanging a heart of stone for a heart of flesh. It includes receiving the law of the Lord in one’s innermost being. That means we are given a desire to obey God. Where before we wanted to live lives dedicated to ourselves, we now find we want to please God.

A RADICAL COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST BRINGS ABOUT THE RADICAL TRANSFORMATION OF OUR INNER BEING, RESULTING IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR ENTIRE LIFE!

The radical lifestyle

We hold fast to the faith.
Hebrews 10.38 “… my righteous one will live by faith.”
We are strange people, who live with view to a future you can only expect by faith, who obey a God you can only know by faith. That is our strongest weapon, to live by faith. Paul says “we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5.7) That is why we are able to live by the paradoxical comparisons in 2 Cor 4.7-10:
7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 4.8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 4.9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 4.10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

We are called on to persevere.
Hebrews 10.36 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

By God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can press forward regardless of what circumstances may bring. We have the assurance that our perseverance will bring rewards: “Therefore, …stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor 15.58).

There may be persecution, in fact more probably than not.
At least some of us experienced degrees of persecution at the beginning of our lives as Christians.

Hebrews 10.32
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 10.33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
10.34 You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

A radical Christian lifestyle may bring about persecution.

How Will We Be Able To Do This?

* The Word of God is the only never-changing thing in the lives of humans.

If we build our lives on the Word of God as it appears in the Bible, we have a secure foundation for our whole life.

* The Holy Spirit is God in the world today: Empowering, inspiring, leading, protecting.

Jan Pit, at the time International Director of Open Doors ministry, once declared that the only churches that will survive the future are the Pentecostal churches. He was not talking about denominations, but about churches and believers who allow the Holy Spirit complete freedom in their lives.

what has your church become

5. “A Fellowship Centring on the living Christ”

Richard Halverson, former chaplain of the US Senate is quoted as making the following profound statement.
“In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centring on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.”4

If the church is a group of believers around the person of Jesus Christ, its very existence is dependent on the grace of God. In the core of the description lies the fact that it is only by faith in Jesus Christ that one may become a member of the church. The church only exists by virtue of its relation to Him and those who are in that relation are believers. It is faith alone that brings them into any relationship. Any consideration of deserving works is absolutely excluded.

There is therefore no room for legalism or arrogance, even of the spiritual kind. Spiritual arrogance is a feeling of superiority based on supposedly better doctrine or higher degree of sanctification, or whatever aspect of one’s Christianity one perceives as justification for considering oneself to be better than others. It is only through Jesus Christ, and by faith in Him, that we can be members of his church. Nothing else will do. Nothing we do other than believing in Jesus Christ can obtain for us the privilege of being part of his church.

To understand … the characteristic of being Christ-centred, it is necessary to refer to the sociological distinction between different kinds of groups. The two that are most clearly opposite are the “centred-set” and the “bounded-set” models. (For a detailed description of these two models as well as a third possibility, the so-called “fuzzy-set”, and how they apply to church life, see Alexander Venter, Doing Church Building From the Bottom Up, 50-58)
In the bounded-set model, the group is defined by outside boundaries. These can be any kind of characteristics that are used to distinguish the members of the group from all others. The distinction is between the “we” group and the “they” group. Everything in the relationship with anybody outside of the bounded group is defined in terms of this distinction.

In churches that exist as bounded models, the boundaries may be social, liturgical, or doctrinal. The people who belong to the church are characterised by a certain lifestyle, usually regarded by the members of that church as being “holy” or sanctified.

The members of such groups generally use “holy” incorrectly, with the meaning of “blameless” or “sinless” . (This incorrect interpretation of the concept “holy” is not limited to groups such as these, but occurs widely among Christians.) Only God can be holy in this sense. People are sanctified through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, when this is accepted by faith. The correct application of the word “holy” to human beings is that of being dedicated to God.

Avoidance of certain activities or foods etc. is often employed to denote the members of the group, and all who do not live by these “principles” are considered outsiders. Certain rituals or activities that once again distinguish the members from other groups characterise meetings. It is usual, of course, for groups that meet with any regularity to have a certain ethos. However, in the church this unavoidable phenomenon should never be allowed to determine the characteristics that are conditions for membership of the group, or are considered to be indications of superiority. They are then obstacles to, rather than facilitating factors for, the development of that group as part of the church of Jesus Christ.

The church should rather strive to follow the centred-set model. In the centre should be none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Christ-centred churches are just that: Christ-centred. The dynamics of the church centre on Christ, his Person and his work of redemption. He is the reason for the group’s existence as well as the motivation for their activities. He is also their source of energy. In this sense, the church and churches are a microcosm, as it were, of the universe. The church and its manifestations fit the Biblical description of creation as having been “created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1.16, 17). It is in this context that Paul speaks of the relationship between Christ and the church: “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the first-born from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1.18).

In this model, the requirement for membership is the commitment to strive toward Christ. There is no stage indicated where a person is “officially” recognised as belonging to the church. What members require of each other, and what the church serves to encourage, is following Christ. This is all done in the realisation that nobody is perfect and that everyone struggles with his or her own weaknesses. Everyone’s hope is in Christ alone, who is known to be the only one who can perfect the saints, first by faith and then by the process of sanctification.
There are two things that are eliminated by adherence to this model: the focus on what is considered to be “absolute” sins, and the arrogance often experienced among Christians.

The former is a phenomenon that often occurs among minority groups in the church. I mean by this movements that do not consider themselves part of the mainstream in any particular tradition. In what is apparently related to their struggle for recognition and/or the right to exist as a separate group, they often identify particular transgressions that they emphasise radically. Abstention from these sins then becomes the badge of belonging to that group.

The serious fallacy in this phenomenon is the shift of focus away from the person of Jesus Christ to things, whether they are objects or practices. Given the fact that our only hope is Jesus, it is easy to see that focusing on anything else leads to distraction at the least, and destruction at the worst. Of the people of Israel it is said that they “followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless” (2 Kings 17.15). We become like the ideals we set for ourselves. If the ideal is Jesus, we will become like Him. If the ideal is some other, materialistic or pietistic ideal, we will become as shallow as that ideal.

God’s ultimate purpose for us is to become like his Son. Paul states this clearly in Romans 8.29: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

I want to return now to the quote from Halverson. As long as the church continues to be a “fellowship centring on the living Christ”, we will be achieving what is God’s ultimate ideal for us, namely to be transformed to be like Jesus. Focusing on anything else will merely lead to our becoming like whatever it is we focus on.

what has your church become

PART TWO – THE CHURCH – THE IDEAL

4. Some essential aspects of the church
The church of Jesus Christ is a diverse manifestation, impossible to describe fully in words. The reason for this is obvious: it is a manifestation of Christ Himself. The significance of the words of Ephesians 1.23, describing the church as the body of Christ, the fullness of Himself, should not be watered down because of our own disbelief or lack of faith.

“The church is Christ’s body,
the completion of him who himself completes all things everywhere.”
(TEV)

Louw and Nida, two prominent scholars, have the following entry in their standard lexicon about the Greek word in Ephesians 1.23, translated above as “completion”:
“a total quantity, with emphasis upon completeness – ‘full number, full measure, fullness, completeness, totality’ until the complete number of the Gentiles comes (to God)’ Romans 11.25; … ‘for the totality of the divine nature lives in him (Christ) in bodily form’ Colossians 2.9. In a number of languages it may be difficult to use a generic expression such as ‘totality’. As a result, this clause in Colossians 2.9 must often be completely restructured, for example, ‘for Christ is completely like God’ or ‘for just what God is, that is exactly what Christ is.’ ”
(Louw and Nida, paragraph 59.32)

Our disappointment with the church should not be the reason we determine theologically that the statement is not what it was intended to be, namely, that the church will be the full manifestation of Jesus Christ on the earth in the interim period between his ascension and his return. It stands to reason that there will be limitations, because the church consists of human beings. As such it is impossible for us to portray realistically the fullness of God. Furthermore, the world in which we are called to portray God is imperfect and unsuitable to be the scene for the full revelation of God. As transcendent being, God can only be revealed fully where He dwells as a spiritual being, i.e. in the realm that is spiritual. However, we can be the fullness of God to the extent that it is possible at all for his fullness to be revealed in the world. This is not to detract from the ideal set by God in his Word. Rather, the miracle is that much greater because it is God who reveals Himself through humans.
As we contemplate the ideal for the church of Jesus Christ in this world, there are a number of very important characteristics of the church that need to be considered. As I said before, my plan is not to write a comprehensive ecclesiology. For this reason I will not pretend that what follows is an exhaustive account of such characteristics. I do believe, however, that the ones I will discuss are crucial to an understanding of what the church really is. They are the following (there is no intended significance in the fact that I discuss seven characteristics):
1. “A fellowship centring on the living Christ”
2. Built on the foundation of Scripture
3. The church is a worshipping community
4. When the church gathers together, the priority is serving God
5. The Holy Spirit works in the church
6. The Body of Christ
7. Mission

Posted by: Veroni Kruger | August 3, 2014

Israel/Gaza -who is right?

In a sense neither is right – bloodshed on both sides. On the other hand, it may be argued that neither is wrong – Biblical grounds for blessing of both; desire for safe statehood. That is the depth of the dilemma. I have tried to stay out of the ongoing argument, but with both the war and the discussion raging on, I thought I could add my little bit to the debate.

There are (at least) three points of view to the issue.

Politically and legally the issue is statehood for Israel and the Palestinians. This is contemporary and factual.

Humanely there is the fact of many people being killed, which is always disgraceful.

From the point of view of God’s plans, there is the special place Israel has in God’s plans.

Someone once said we should deal matter of factly with facts and humanely with humans. This applies to the first two points of view stated above. That is where De Klerk’s advice is sound.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Only-dialogue-can-stop-Gaza-war-De-Klerk-20140729

This also includes moral issues: Is it right for Israel to keep the Palestinians in a politically subjected position? Is it right for Palestinians to desire freedom at all costs? I think we would all agree that the answer to the first question is “No!” We would probably hesitate to answer the second question, unless we placed ourselves in the position of the oppressed. If we could imagine ourselves to be in their position we would probably feel more inclined to go with “at all costs.”

The matter of the place of Israel in God’s plans is an eschatological issue. That is, it has to do with the unfolding of history according to the plans of God. None of us really knows in what specific manner or time frame God is operating. Christians enthusiastically cheering Israel on should take cognizance of the fact that Israel is a secular nation that does not seem to care much for God. What is important is that neither Israel nor Hamas or the Palestinians or westerners who comment on the crisis from a safe distance will prevent God from achieving his purposes. Maybe that will not be in the manner we wish it to be, but it will happen.

Our faith naturally determines how we see things. However, when we “mix” things incorrectly, we end up pronouncing judgments incorrectly. We cannot evaluate Israel’s approach to the issue of Gaza and the Palestinians from the viewpoint of what we believe about the ultimate destiny of Israel. The question is what would be the right way to handle the situation now, at this or any point in time? Ultimately, what would Jesus do?

From all points of view, I believe He would hate to see people killing each other. He would be equally sad at Palestinians and Israelis being killed and suffering. He would rather see them communicating and trying to find solutions.

What would He have us do? Our role right now is to pray for the will of God to be done. As we pray, we should remember the command of Jesus that we should not judge. Rather, we should examine ourselves, and work towards eradicating all injustice in our own surroundings.

Posted by: Veroni Kruger | July 14, 2014

About to be published: What Has Your Church Become?

what has your church become I wrote What Has Your Church Become as a reflection on a lifetime of participation in the church. The perspective from which I wrote, is what I prefer to call “middle of the road charismatic evangelical.” An  excerpt from the book provides a summary of my intentions:

“The first group of people and churches that I hope will benefit from what I am writing, are Pentecostals – those that are open to considering what I am suggesting. Other churches that are experiencing the phenomena of the working of the Holy Spirit may also benefit from my observations. Lastly, I hope to help those who would not call themselves Pentecostal or charismatic to understand something of the Pentecostal Movement.

Most of all, though, I hope to encourage every believer to continue to seek the fullness of the Lord, as He wants to reveal Himself through the Holy Spirit, and not to be put off by the faults of others.”

As the son of a Pentecostal pioneer, I served as a pastor in a Pentecostal denomination for fourteen years before joining the Association of Vineyard Churches.  I founded and am still leading an international Bible translation ministry.  After all I have experienced, my most important credentials in writing the book are that I love the Lord and that I love his church.

The book will be available on Amazon.com, Kalahari.net and other outlets, as well as from the author. The date of publication will be announced.

Posted by: Veroni Kruger | July 7, 2014

Excerpt from a book about to be published

I wrote What Has Your Church Become? as a reflection on a lifetime of participation in the church.  It is about to be published.  Here is an excerpt from the Introduction:

What I am about to write are some thoughts on the small part of church history that I have observed. Rather, should I say, how the history of the church seems to unfold, perceived through the small window through which I look at it.

My thoughts at first were to write a critique of the denomination in which I grew up and in which I learned so much of the strengths and weaknesses of the church. This would not have been difficult. Anyone, especially someone who has been part of any manifestation of the church, can easily find reasons to criticise the church. In fact, the church is prone to being attacked. Attacks on the church from those who are not believers prove that it is not even difficult for “outsiders” to criticise the church, although their knowledge of it may be scant.

Unfortunately, the church has itself done much to justify attacks. In this introduction I wish to look at some of the tendencies for which the church has been criticised. In many modern cultures the church has lost much of its impact. As the church loses power, it looks for things by which it might ensure that it will at least have some place in modern society. There are a number of straws at which the church grasps in this effort.

1.1.            Seeking to please at all cost

In its quest to remain relevant, the church has been misled to regard its own relevance as being dependent on secular qualifications. This is totally wrong, since the church is not a secular institution and therefore cannot hope to imitate secular institutions and still remain relevant.  The relevance of the church is to be found in the relevance of Jesus Christ who is the same, yesterday, today and forever, and yet always contemporary. God is always up to date, never outdated, constantly moving forward as He makes history. God encompasses the whole of time and eternity.

For the church to strive to be acceptable in “modern” times by trying to become a post modern phenomenon is therefore entirely unnecessary, unless the church has lost its unique characteristic. That is, the characteristic of being the people of God.

1.2.            Entrepreneurism

As described by a former chaplain of the United States Senate, the church has in many cases become more like a business than God intends it to be. I was shocked one day in South Africa when a pastor remarked that he had “the franchise for” a specific denomination. Subsequently, when I told him of my plans to plant a new church in the area, he was upset and explained his reactions as follows:

“We can talk spiritually as much as we want, but in the end you and I both know that a church is like a business. And if you plant a church, you will of necessity take a slice of the market, leaving less for the rest of us.”

Pastors have in many cases become managers of what appear to all intents and purposes to be businesses.

1.3.            Materialism

Linked to the above is the phenomenon of materialism. Small wonder, since materialism provides the basis for the main criterion by which success is measured in the world today.  We are inclined to talk in numbers: “how much” or “how many” are the catch phrases in our conversations. The church has succumbed to this. Our “success” is measured in terms of the number of members or people who attend our services; in the size and value of our buildings; according to the size of our budgets.

1.4.            Power and money

The logical sequence between cause and effect is evident in the way in which money lends power to the possessor. The more money one has, the more power one will have. This phenomenon has invaded the church as supposed indications of success (money), and as one of the prime temptations (power). Add to this sex, and you have the recipe followed by Satan in bringing many a pastor and church leader low. But because this follows other aspects of the deterioration of the church as described above, it is impossible to deal with this problem on its own. It is just the symptom of a much deeper problem. The root is what has to be removed for the church to be healed.

 

Posted by: Veroni Kruger | April 20, 2014

I believe …

Amid all of the disputes about what we should believe, what is politically correct to believe, what would offend other people if we believed it; amid all the so-called “intelligent” arguments about the Christian faith; amid all the doubts and fears that assail us on every side; amid all of these, there is a need for us to affirm what we believe.  And I find it hard to find a better formulation than that of the Nicene Creed.  For the sake of those who have never seen it, or who have never considered that they may be in need of a clear formulation of what they believe, I am quoting it here in totality.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

Particularly on this most remarkable day when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, I want to say joyfully and triumphantly I believe about Jesus Christ, that:

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!

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