By Monk Preston
The Four Goals:
Ortho: right, correct. Doxia: belief, worship. ___________________________________________________________
"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Right Ministry); That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing (Right Life), being fruitful in every good work (Right Practice),
and increasing in the knowledge of God (Right Belief);"
Right Belief (orthodoxia): Orthodoxy. God's revelation to man of The Holy Scriptures. Basic essential Christian teaching. Summarized by the pastiche of Holy Scripture known as The Nicene Creed (see: Nicene Creed: Scripture Basis).
The Nicene Creed is the only Creed accepted in common by Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Protestants. Accepted as stating correct essential basic Christian doctrine even by those Protestants that reject all Creeds on principle.) ___________________________________________________________
The Holy Scriptures
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." -John 17:17
"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." -II Timothy 2:15
“And that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." -II Timothy 3:15
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" -II Timothy 3:16
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." -Romans 10:17
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;" -I Corinthians 15:3,4
(Note: Christians who reject all Creeds on principle may instead prefer to memorize the actual Scripture Verses that were used to compose the Nicene Creed. They can be found at: Nicene Creed: Scripture Basis.)
The Nicene Creed (Memory Verses)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made.
Who, for us all for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Nicene Creed should be recited daily. Some historic Protestant churches require or recommend memorizing the Apostle's Creed in its place. Some Churches memorize both. You will want to follow your own Church's practice in this matter.
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Right Witness: (Orthomartus) consists of:
Right Life, Right Belief, Right Practice, Right Ministry. ______________
Right Life: Receiving Christ, Walking in the Spirit (Romans 8).
Right Belief: The Bible, The Nicene Creed.
Right Ministry: The Great Commission, Proverbs 3:5-6. ______________