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May 15, 2012

The Council of Nicea was a gathering of bishops from throughout the church that came together for the greater praise and glory of God and to proclaim the beliefs of God’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.

We of the Nicene Church hold to the Nicene Creed in its original form (without the filioque clause inserted at the Council of Toledo, 589 A.D.), and we hold full affirmation of the catholic orthodox Faith of the Apostles and Church Fathers, the seven Ecumenical Councils.

We believe in all seven Sacraments:

BAPTISM – Through which one receives spiritual life and becomes a member of the living Body of Christ, the Church. [Mt 28:19-20 Mk 16:15-16]

COMMUNION also called EUCHARIST – Through which one receives the actua Body and Blood of our Savior in a tangible form. [Mat 26:26-28 Mk 14:22-25 Lk 22:19-20 Jn 6:15 1 Cor 10:16, and 11:27]

PENANCE sometimes called CONFESSION – Through which one receives absolution (forgiveness) of sins[Jn 20:22-23 Mat 6:14-15 Mk 14:22-25 Lk[Jn 20:22-23 Mat 6:14-15 Mk 14:22-25 Lk 22:19-20]

CONFIRMATION also called CHRISMATION – Through which one receives the Holy Spirit in a very specia manner as well as the gifts and fruits of manner as well as the gifts and fruits of the Spirit

MATRIMONY also called MARRIAGE – Through which a couple (a man and a woman) receive graces to live together as husband and wife and through which this union is blessed. [Mt 19:6 cf. Gen 2:24

ANOINTING OF THE SICK also called UNCTION – It is through this sacrament that one is often healed and also through this sacrament that one is prepared to this sacrament that one is prepared to meet his Lord. [Mk 16:17-18 Mt 10:8 Jas 5:14-15] meet his Lord. [Mk 16:17-18 Mt 10:8 Jas meet his Lord. [Mk 16:17-18 Mt 10:8 Jas 5:14-15]

ORDERS also called ORDINATION – This s the sacrament through which deacons priests and bishops are ordained. It is priests and bishops are ordained. It is through this sacrament that Apostolic Succession* is maintained in the Church

*Apostolic Succession means that our bishops can all trace their lines of Consecration back to the Apostles.

We reject the heresies of the Reformation, including: Calvinism, anti- sacramentalism, iconoclasm and Gnosticism.

We believe in and maintain a male Presbyterate and Episcopacy

When Jesus left this earth He did not leave us without direction, rather He left us with a mission. A mission that we cannot help but strive to accomplish; to do less would be to deny Christ. What was the mission He left us with?

Matthew 28: 18 – 20 (NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

So He wants us to not just go around baptizing the nations, but to disciple them, teaching them to observe all things He commanded us to do. What were these commandments?

Matthew 22:37 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Mark 12:29-31 (NKJV)
29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[a] This is the first commandment.[b] 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no other commandment greater than these.”

John 13:34(NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 17:20-21 (NKJV)
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

So we know we must love God and our neighbor, but what else must we do?

Luke 21:36 (NKJV)
36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

So as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing,”. Is there anything else?

John 6:51-53 (NKJV)

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Mark 14:22-24 (NKJV)

22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

Did Jesus REALLY mean that His body is given us at communion?

1 Corinthians 11:23-29 (NKJV)

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood[d] of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

How will we be judged as to our having kept His commandements?

Matthew 25:31-40 (NKJV)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

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