Traditional Service Sermon: 11:00 am – May 19, 2019

Pastor Bryan George

Sermon title: Creed: I believe in the holy catholic church, and the communion of saints

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Hebrews 12:1-2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Romans 12:4-5

Focus: As part of the “holy catholic church, we belong to a global body of believers. This church is not perfect but helps point towards the one who is holy. This “called out” community exists as a new kind of family for each other.

I) Many stumble over the word “catholic” in the creed

  • The word we really should stumble over is “holy!”

II) What does it mean to say that the Church is catholic? (Ephesians 5:25)

  • Thomas Cahill: “Catholics, on the other hand, are universalists — people who instinctively believe that all humanity makes one family. Catholics are convinced that “every human being is an equal child of God, and that God will provide.
  • Focusing on what unites rather than what divides
    • Wesley “If your heart is my heart, give me your hand

III) What does it mean to say the church is holy?

  • If you look for the perfect church, you will ruin it when you join!
  • The church is like an ark: You put up with the smell inside because of the storm outside.
  • God chooses what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (I Corinthians 1:27)

IV) What does it mean to be a church? (I Peter 2:9-12)

  • Ekklesia: “To be called out”
  • Living as a Resident Alien
  • Fred Graham “The task of the church in this society is not to turn from the world in order to affirm another. But neither is it called to baptize the world as it is or to run to do the world’s bidding. Its task is to proclaim the whole gospel which affirms the world in order to transform it.
  • Working out the final act of the drama for the communion of saints (Hebrews 12)