Things to Know

The Nicene Creed as it was written in 381 AD

We believe in one God Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and all things, seen and unseen;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten by his Father before all ages, Light from Light, true God from true god, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father, through whom all things came into existence, who for us men and for our salvation came down from the heavens and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became a man, and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate and suffered and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures and ascended into the heavens and is seated at the right hand of the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead, and there will be no end to his kingdom;

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Life-Giver, who proceeds from the Father, who is worshipped and glorified together with the Father and the Son, who spoke through the prophets;

And in on holy, catholic and apostolic Church;

We confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins;

We wait for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the coming age. Amen


The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words are also referred to as the Seven Words from the Cross. These words, uttered by Jesus as He hung on the cross, are scattered across the four gospels as they report the crucifixion of our Savior.

First Last Word: “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” is recorded in Luke 23:34.

Second Last Word: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise,” is recorded in Luke 23:43

Third Last Word: “…he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother,’” is recorded in John 19:26-27.

The last four statements were said close together at 3PM.

Fourth Last Word: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is recorded in Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46.

Fifth Last Word: “I am thirsty,” is recorded in John 19:28.

Sixth Last Word: “It is finished,” is recorded in John 19:30.

Seventh Last Word: Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” is recorded in Luke 23:46.

* These Bible passages are taken from the New International Version (NIV) translation.


The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments were given to Moses at Mt. Sinai more than 3,000 years ago; however, they are still relevant today. Since these commandments came from God and God does not change, they mean the same today as they originally did. Jesus also stressed the value of the Ten Commandments. In Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus said.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

These commandments should be coupled with the teachings of Jesus to give us an excellent outline for how we should live.

Exodus 20:1-17*

And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

* This Bible passage is taken from the New International Version (NIV) translation.