Daily Dose, Sept. 28 — I Believe: The Apostles’ Creed

  Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:37-42)   The Apostle’s Creed says, “I believe in the holy catholic (which means all Christians everywhere) church, the communion of saints.” The Canadian Christians say, “We are called to be the church.” The Modern Affirmation begins by affirming, “the one true church.” They are all saying that everybody who has faith in Jesus Christ needs to get themselves to church on Sunday. Christians are Christians in a community of faith and love and service. We worship and sing and pray together. We help the hurting and poor around the world and around the town. We gather our children in Sunday School classes, and we dive into friendship and learning and service in small groups of our own. A Christian trying to be a Christian all by himself/herself is about as odd as seeing one penguin on a block of ice floating in the Artic sea. We need each other. We need to learn how to play in the sandbox together, how to forgive one another, how to be married to each other, and how to work and play and laugh and live and die together. A church full of Christians is like a baseball team turning double plays and hitting home runs and stealing bases. It’s fun, and we call it a game. Trying to be a Christian all by yourself is like watching a kid tossing the ball to hit fly balls to nobody. We call that a sad sight. Don’t be a sad sight Christian. Get on the field and join the team and get yourself ready for the World Series. In church language, it’s called the communion of saints. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don