The Ecumenical creeds is an umbrella term used in the Western Church to refer to the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed and, less commonly, the Athanasian Creed. The ecumenical creeds are also known as the Universal creeds. These creeds are accepted by almost all mainstream Christian denominations in the West, including Reformed churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican churches and Lutheran churches. Many Methodist churches accept the Nicene Creed and Apostles’ Creed. The Eastern Orthodox Church accepts the Nicene Creed, but does not use the Apostles’ Creed or the Athanasian Creed.
A creed by definition is a summary or statement of what one believes. It originates from the Latin credo meaning “I believe”. The purpose of a creed is to act as a yardstick of correct belief. A creed is an epitome, not a full definition, of what is required for orthodoxy. It was hoped that by memorizing this summary of the faith, lay people without extensive theological training would still be able to recognize deviations from orthodox doctrines based on the Bible as interpreted in Christian tradition. The term ecumenical can refer to efforts by Christians of different church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understandings. The term is also often used to refer to efforts towards the visible and organic unity of different Christian churches in some form.
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For all Christians:
- God exists.
- God alone possesses aseity.
- God is one.
- God is infinite.
- God is eternal.
- God is immutable.
- God is absolutely simple.
- God is immense.
- God is omnipresent.
- God is omniscient.
- God is omnibenevolent.
- God is creator.
- God is preserver.
- God is provider
- THERE IS ONE BODY AND ONE SPIRIT
- ONE HOPE
- ONE FAITH
- ONE BAPTISM
- ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, WHO IS OVER ALL AND THROUGH ALL AND IN ALL”. EPHESIANS 4:4-6
Christian Church is a Protestant ecclesiological term referring to the church invisible comprising all Christians, used since the Protestant reformation in the 16th century.
In this understanding, “Christian Church” (or “catholic church”) does not refer to a particular Christian denomination but to the “body” or “group” of believers, both defined in various ways. A prominent example of this is the branch theory maintained by some Anglicans. This is in contrast to the one true church applied to a specific concrete Christian institution, a majority Christian ecclesiological position maintained by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox churches, Assyrian Church of the East and the Ancient Church of the East.
Most English translations of the New Testament generally use the word “church” as a translation of the Ancient Greek: ἐκκλησία, Romanized: ecclesia, found in the original Greek texts, which generally meant an “assembly” or “congregation”. This term appears in two verses of the Gospel of Matthew, 24 verses of the Acts of the Apostles, 58 verses of the Pauline epistles (including the earliest instances of its use in relation to a Christian body), two verses of the Letter to the Hebrews, one verse of the Epistle of James, three verses of the Third Epistle of John, and 19 verses of the Book of Revelation. In total, ἐκκλησία appears in the New Testament text 114 times, although not every instance is a technical reference to the church. As such it is used for local communities as well as in a universal sense to mean all believers.
“Christianity”, on the other hand, was first by the Church Father Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35–108/140 AD).
The Four Marks of the Church, also known as the Attributes of the Church, is a term describing four distinctive adjectives,” one, holy, catholic and apostolic”, of traditional Christian ecclesiology as expressed in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed completed at the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381: “[We believe] in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” This ecumenical creed is today recited in the liturgy of the Catholic Church (both Latin and Eastern Rites), the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Church of the East, the Moravian Church, the Lutheran Churches, the Methodist Churches, the Presbyterian Churches, the Anglican Communion and by members of many Reformed churches.
While many doctrines, based on both tradition and different interpretations of the Bible, distinguish one denomination from another, largely explaining why there are so many different ones, the Four Marks, when defined the same way, represent a summary of what many clerical authorities have historically considered to be the most important affirmations of the Christian faith.
We, the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches, are Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostal, Christian Unitarian, united under one “ecumenical” roof.
The adjective ecumenical applied to any interdenominational initiative that encourages greater cooperation among Christians and their churches, whether or not the specific
aim of that effort is full, visible unity. It can also be applied in the same way to other religions or to refer to unity between religions or between people in general, in this sense
it means non-sectarian, non-denominational.
The terms ecumenism and ecumenical come from the Greek oikoumene, which means “the whole inhabited world”, and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire. The ecumenical vision comprises both the search for the visible unity of the Church (Ephesians 4:3) and the “whole inhabited earth” (Matthew 24:14) as the concern of all Christians.
In Christianity, the qualification ecumenical was originally and still is used in terms such as “ecumenical council” and “Ecumenical Patriarch”, in the meaning of pertaining to the totality of the larger Church (such as the Catholic Church or the Orthodox Church) rather than being restricted to one of its constituent local churches or dioceses. Used in this sense, the term carries no connotation of re-uniting the historically separated Christian denominations, but presumes a unity of local congregations in a worldwide communion.
We are catholic small “c” from Greek: καθολικός, Romanized: katholikos, meaning ‘universal’
The word “catholic” is derived from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “general”, “universal”. It is associated with the Greek adverb καθόλου (katholou), meaning “according to the whole”, “entirely”, or “in general”, a combination of the preposition κατά meaning “according to” and the adjective ὅλος meaning “whole”.
One God One Faith One Baptism In Jesus Name, we are one in the body Christ
Ephesians 4:4-6 one body and one Spirit (just as also you were called with one hope of your calling), one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. in one word CHRIST
Colossians 1:16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;
“YHWH, He is God; there is no other besides Him.” Deuteronomy 4:35
– The LORD our God is one LORD;
– The LORD is our God, the LORD is one;
– The LORD is our God, the LORD alone
“It is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:10)
“There is one God; and there is no other but He.” (Mark 12:32)
“You believe that there is one God; you do well.” (James 2:19)
The two great commandments that contain the whole law of God are:
(1) Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
(2) Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
In standard Greek usage, the older word “ecclesia” (Greek: ekklesía, literally “assembly”, “congregation”, or the place where such a gathering occurs) was retained to signify both a specific edifice of Christian worship (a “church”), and the overall community of the faithful (the “Church”). This usage was also retained in Latin and the languages derived from Latin (e.g. French église, Italian chiesa, Spanish iglesia, Portuguese igreja, etc.), as well as in the Celtic languages (Welsh eglwys, Irish eaglais, Breton iliz, etc.) and in Turkish (kilise).
In the Germanic and some Slavic languages, the word kyriak-ós/-ē/-ón was adopted instead and derivatives formed thereof. In Old English the sequence of derivation started as “cirice”, then Middle English “churche”, and eventually “church” in its current pronunciation. German Kirche, Scots kirk, Russian церковь (tserkov), Serbo-Croatian crkva, etc., are all similarly derived.
According to the New Testament, the earliest Christians did not build church buildings. Instead, they gathered in homes (Acts 17:5, 20:20, 1 Corinthians 16:19) or in Jewish
places of worship, like the Second Temple or synagogues (Acts 2:46, 19:8). The earliest archeologically identified Christian church is a house church (domus ecclesiae), the
Dura-Europos church, founded between 233 and 256. In the second half of the 3rd century AD, the first purpose-built halls for Christian worship (aula ecclesiae) began to be constructed. Although many of these were destroyed early in the next century during the Diocletianic Persecution, even larger and more elaborate church buildings began to appear during the reign of the Emperor Constantine the Great.
We are an unity, that consists of all those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink”.
The church is not a denomination, the church is the body of Christ, all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
Video on Unity by Pope Francis
Pope Francis and Kenneth Copeland
The Pope Video 01 JANUARY 2017 Christian Unity
Rick Warren Pushing Unity of ALL CHURCHES with Roman Catholic Church
- God is all powerful omnipotent
- Omniscient God knows everything and His knowledge is complete
- God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness
- God’s sovereignty is how he rules his creation.
- Impassable God is without passions, he is not overwhelmed by any emotion
- Self-sufficient God does not need anything that we humans need to survive
DO YOU need help from any other gods ???
Jesus was NOT part of any of these churches:
Anglican, Baptist, Charismatic, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, etc.
A surprising statement for many “Jesus was not Christian”.
The Common Beliefs of all Christian Denominations
Creeds and Confessions.
Inerrancy and Inspiration of Scripture.
Nature of Christ.
Jesus die for our sins
The Resurrection of Christ.
Satan and Demons.
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