Welcome!. The Creed Session 1: I Believe in God the Father. Who is God the Father, and how do I experience God’s Fatherly love?. Session Schedule. Opening Prayer Paired Activity Talk #1 : I Believe in God, the Father Almighty Standing Activity Talk #2 : Creation, Man & the Fall
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Session 1: I Believe in God the Father
I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.Opening Prayer: Apostles’ Creed & Nicene Creed
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
1) Compare & Contrast…
2) What word or phrasespeaks to you about who God is at this point of your faith journey?
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
Apostles' Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
IV. Christian Prayer
Faith: the assent of the human person's whole intellect and will to God.
+ The confession of God's oneness is rooted in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant.+ God has revealed himself: YHWH (“I am who am”)+ God is unique: there is only one God. + The Christian faith confesses that “God is one in nature, substance and essence.” (CCC, nn. 199-200)
“I believe in God…”
“By calling God ‘Father,’ the language of faith indicates two main things: that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent authority; and that he is at the same time goodness and loving care for all his children…
“We ought therefore to recall that God transcends human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God. He also transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although he is their origin and standard: no one is father as God is Father.” (CCC, n. 239)
Read & Discuss one of the following passages:(a) Gen 1:26-31 (b) Gen 2:4-7 (c) Gen 2:18-25
What does the passage reveal about God?What does it reveal about the human person?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1)
(e.g., big bang and evolution)
The Mystery and the Mathematical Marvel of Creation
Creation is the work of the Trinity
The world was created for the glory of God
Creation is a gift of God’s wisdom and love
God creates “out of nothing” (ex nihilo)
God creates an ordered and good world
God transcends creation and is present to it
God upholds and sustains creation
“The account of the fall in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the very beginning of the history of man.” (CCC, n. 390)
The Word or Logos
Creation ex nihilo
Figurative languageSmall Group ActivityTerms and Concepts
“Mind-mapping”: (1) Connect different ideas related to your concept; (2) then decide how you might use the term or phrase to help explain the faith.
1) Session Evaluation & Feedback
2) Recommended follow-up:
US/CCA, ch. 5 & 6 “I Believe in God,” and “Man and Woman in the Beginning”
3) For Catechists & Catholic School Teachers:
“Record of Formation,” including:required reflection & documentation
My God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Father, I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy rule acclaim,
All in heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.