We read the Apostles CREED together, declaring again to the seen and unseen who we are, and what we believe.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come 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. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
So important to make declarations, especially in a time when culture so wants to quiet us, and turn us inward where we eventually lose our voice.
As the Apostle Paul taught on Communion in 1 Cor 11 he said this, this in vs 26 that "for every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing (proclaiming, declaring) the Lord's death until he comes again."
We must remember that they were making declarations to the seen and the unseen, who Jesus was, and who they were in Christ. Even though we can't partake in Communion together as one, we can together make these sort of declarations, that we too are children of God through our faith in Jesus.
How much more important it is for us to do this, than now!
Revelation 12 speaks about the Dragon, who accuses the brothers and sisters day and night. The Dragon, the enemy, the accuser, is all the more trying to accuse, bring discouragement, and fill our hearts with fear and hate in these times. So how do we find victory?
John tells us how in verse 11.
"They overcame the enemy by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony."
This is a morning where we make these sort of declarations, to the seen (one another) and the unseen (the Holy Spirit, angels both good and bad).