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Resource: Video Disk (DVD1214) Creed: What Christians Believe and Why     
Author: Hamilton, Adam
Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2016
Vendor: Cokesbury
Length: 90 mins
Subjects: 06-session Study; Adult Series; All-church program/study; Apostles Creed; Children; Christian life/living; Church & Culture; Creed; Early Christianity; Easter/Lent; Forgiveness; Holy Spirit; Jesus; Lent/Easter; Resurrection; Theology; Trinity; Young Adult; Youth
# Copies: 11 (1 previous reservation found)
  Copy F: 1/23/2019-4/30/2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781501813764
 Description: Adam Hamilton believes that for those seeking faith, powerful answers are contained in the Apostles' Creed, a historic statement of foundational Christian faith. In this six week study, Hamilton explores, in an informal setting with a discussion group, not only what Christians believe but why it matters. The six lessons are
1) God - We must choose to believe because faith can't be proven. Beauty and the creation can lead to belief because we feel connected to something greater than ourselves. And this belief leads us to a deeper joy, peace and an abundant life.
2) Jesus Christ - We believe God revealed himself in Jesus Christ. And he is the Messiah, our supreme authority. The world can be a dark place, but Jesus is the light that pushes back the darkness, just as we are called to carry his light into the world.
3) The Holy Spirit - God's presence with us; as close as our breath.
Life is harder than need be because we do not invite the Holy Spirit to be present. The Trinity is discussed using the metaphor of the atom.
4) The Church and the Communion of Saints - The church was Jesus' idea; bringing people together in a community that belonged to Jesus. Holy means "belonging to God."Churches have often led in changing the world, especially in social justice issues. The church puts flesh on Jesus - the body of Christ.
5) The Forgiveness of Sins - The creed's emphasis is not on sin, but on the forgiveness of sins. Sin means to "miss the mark." And when this happens we become alienated from each other. Why do we sin? It is inherit in who we are. God wanted to pardon humandkind but it cost Jesus His life - grace does not come cheap.
6) The Resurrection of the Body - We must all face the fear that we will die and that all those we love will die. As Christians we can live abundant lives because our hope is in the resurrection of the body and in eternal life. What happens to those who don't believe in Jesus when they die? Hamilton explains that he trusts in God's justice, mercy and grace.

INCLUDES LEADER GUIDE, BOOK, YOUTH STUDY BOOK and CHILDREN"S LEADER GUIDE.
Age Groups: High School; Young Adult; Adult (30-55); Adult (55+)


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