I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again,
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
The holy catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.
THE BRIDGE CHURCH CATECHISM
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He is the only God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is Yahweh, who revealed his named to Moses in the burning bush. He is the God of Israel through exodus, conquest, kingdom and exile. He is of one substance with our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, yet he is a distinct person who has been revealed by Jesus as Father. He has, on Jesus account, adopted us into his family and has pronounced us as his children, granting us the inheritance of everlasting life due to Jesus.
What does it mean that God is Creator?
All things have their source in God’s creative will, all things are sustained by God’s benevolent will, and all things exist for God’s eternal glory. As such, we confess that what God has made is inherently good and should be received as such, and that what has been received does not belong to us, but in both cases is entrusted to our care to be employed in God’s good purposes.
Who is Jesus Christ?
He is the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, uncreated, and of one Being with the Father. He is the pattern for our relationship with God, the means of our participation in the Trinity, and the Lord of all creation.
How and why did the eternal Son of God become human?
Not by the will of a husband, but by the work of the Holy Spirt, so that our Saviour and Lord could be both fully divine, and fully like us. He alone is the perfect unblemished human, and as such is our example in living, our substitute in judgment, and our hope—that in being born again of the Holy Spirit according to the pattern of his incarnation—to be counted among the children of God.
How can we know that the gospel is true?
Because Jesus Christ came in the flesh and is attested to in the historical record, we can know that he lived. Because Pontius Pilate is associated in history with Jesus, we can know that Jesus died. Because there were so many witnesses to the resurrection, we can know, with confidence, that he is alive. And if Jesus is alive, then the gospel must be true.
What is the purpose of the cross?
The cross is a picture of the humiliation of Christ, who willingly took on our shame, and the consequences of our sin; suffering to the point of death in our place, his sacrifice is all sufficient to overcome our wrongdoing—both now and in the future—and is the final word in our salvation for all time.
Why did Jesus descend into hell?
Because hell, as the place of the dead, was the destiny of every human being. In going to the place of the dead Jesus completed the journey that faces every child of Adam and announced the Kingdom of God among those who had died waiting for it. Jesus died a real death to secure a real victory so that all people could have an opportunity to respond to the gospel.
Why is it important that we believe in the resurrection?
Jesus' resurrection from the dead is the promise of, the pattern for, and the power behind our future hope.
Why does Jesus ascend into heaven?
Jesus ascends to receive his glory, to be enthroned over the universe, to intercede for us with the Father, and to unite our humanity with the Trinity through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling of the Church.
Why does Jesus come back to judge?
Because all things must be restored, including human hearts. Jesus comes to divide sin from righteousness and to purify the cosmos with his divine love. Those who receive this gift willingly will find themselves fit to occupy the eternal kingdom of justice that Jesus will rule over, those who reject it, reject the saviour himself and choose to place themselves outside of that same kingdom.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ; the third distinct, and co-equal, member of the Trinity. He is of one substance with the Father and the Son and is sent by the Son to indwell the Church, bringing her into union with Christ her saviour, and bestowing all the gifts and benefits of that union to the church
Why do we affirm the catholicity of the Church?
Because catholicity is the quality of God-ordained diversity, that expresses the richness of thought, experience and perspective present within the people of God across both time and space. The holy catholic church is the confession that reminds us that the church is bigger than our tribe, or culture, or period in history and that we need to listen to other voices Christian voices to fully understand what Jesus is saying.
What is the communion of saints?
The one, unbroken line of believers that traces their faith to the teachings of the apostles; which shares in the baptism of Jesus Christ; which is united together by the same indwelling Holy Spirit; and which is permeated and punctuated by the presence of Christ in word, deed, and identity.
Why does forgiveness matter?
God, because of Jesus Christ, will no more remember our sins, nor the sinful nature with which we have to struggle all our lives long; rather by grace he confers upon the church Christ’s own righteousness, filling her with the power to perpetuate his grace through the ongoing work of forgiveness and reconciliation, so that all people might have the opportunity to be made holy and fit for citizenship in the world Jesus is remaking.
What is the nature of the life everlasting?
This is eternal life, not that you go to heaven someday when you die, but that you should know Christ. Eternal life is Jesus himself.