WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26: A creed is a statement of faith, a group's confession or statement of shared belief about who God is and how God acts. In a creed a tradition or community of believers says, "This is what we teach." The next 3 lessons will help us understand and how to say what we as Lutheran Christians believe and accept as true regarding our faith. The Apostle's Creed is the best-known creed of the Christian Church. This creed is a summary of what the apostles believed and taught the early Christians.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9: The First Article states our faith in the the First Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, the creator. This is who God is and what God does. God created all that exists, and not just "in the beginning" but always. God's creativity continues to sustain all that exists. This includes each one of us and all creatures. God's creation also includes homes, schools, workplaces, and all other places. It includes relationships—our personal relationships with friends, family, and relationships among nations and peoples. We are partners with God, the Creator, who sustains all things and who promises "new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home" (2 Peter 3:13). We can work in hope. In thankfulness and service to God, and dependent on God, we can witness to God's renewing activity in the world.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23: The Second Article contains two inseparable themes: Jesus' divinity and Jesus' humanity. Jesus' being fully human and fully divine is crucial to the work of redemption. God is willing to go to any length, even human suffering and death, to redeem creation, including humanity. God does this out of love for creation, including us. Jesus redeemed or purchased humanity's freedom from sin, death and the devil.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9: The Third Article speaks to the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit who lives among God's faithful people every moment of every day. In the Holy Spirit we have an advocate and counselor to guide us. The work of the Holy Spirit is sanctification, to make God's children holy. The Spirit is the advocate and comforter that Jesus has promised will be with us forever (John 14:16–17). The ongoing presence of the Spirit through the Word embraces our past, present, and future.