A Rock of Stumbling and Rising

While we could expand more on the ongoing preservation of God and His rule to govern all things, we move on to the second of the three parts of the Apostles’ Creed, the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. Controversy and opinions of Jesus have divided people and nations ever since His coming. Even as the Bible teaches, He is a rock of stumbling and rising for many.

The Apostles and contemporary disciples of Christ were soon persecuted and many were brutally executed for their faith. During these dangerous days, the symbol of the fish became a sign by which believers identified themselves to other Christians and, at the same time, epitomized their confession of the Person and Purpose of Christ. Like an acrostic, the letters of the Greek ‘fish’ pointed to the exciting news of Jesus. These same truths were codified in the majestic words of the second part of the Apostles’ Creed. The IXTHUS or fish, summarized, ‘Jesus Christ; God’s Son; Savior.” We shall devote several introductions on this article because of its importance as a rock of stumbling (Isaiah 8:14; 1 Peter 2:8) and rising for many.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried;

He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord,

Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death,

That I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness,

Even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.

This is most certainly true.

 

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Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church has been in the Irvine area since 1980. Currently, Sunday service is held in the Northwood Community Park, Community Centre, of the City of Irvine Facilities (corner of Bryan and Yale Ave, Irvine). Signs to the church are placed in front of the Center Sunday mornings. Week day Bible study and special meetings are held in homes and are announced weekly, or you can contact our pastor for the home location. Visiting our Service, you would notice an historic Lutheran liturgical service in a small and friendly congregational setting. Most Congregations have a core group of members who are very active in the Church. At Faith Lutheran, everyone is a core member. Members and guests come from Irvine and other parts of Orange County to share in ministry of Biblical preaching of God's Word of Law and Gospel and to benefit from regular spiritual nurture of the Sacraments and to share Christian friendship. We hope you will visit us and discover a unique congregation of sincere Christians and disciples of Christ.
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