The Forgiveness of Sins

Read Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2

This statement of the Christian faith "I believe in the forgiveness of sins" comes after confessing the holy catholic church and the communion of saints, WHY? Because it is a matter of faith chiefly commanded to be exercised with "one another." So many times we are commanded to forgive one another, with the Father's forgiving mercy in Christ to be our patter; even the Lord's Prayer teaches us this. This sermon deals with fallicies concerning the forgiveness of sins, what we are asking God to do in forgiving us, and the chief condition of forgiving one another.

The Communion of the Saints

Read Hebrews 10:19-25

The Apostles' Creed confess not only faith in the holy catholic Church, but the communion of the saints. This communion is where the Lord commands the blessing of life everlasting [Psalm 133]. The relationship of believers gathered together in Christ is a life of sharing in each others lives, gifts and spiritual services; a relationship that is deeper than the bonds of extended family [Mark 3:33-35]. Hebrews 10:19-25 reveals Christ as the fountain of the communion and three vital areas where that communion focuses.