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How do basic Christian beliefs inform Christian life and ministry?

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Basic Christian beliefs guide the structure and content of Christian ministry and are supposed to guide the Christian life. In terms of ministry, a communion ritual, reciting of the Nicene Creed, and a Bible-based message are at the core of the weekly worship, though not all churches practice communion every week. A focus on care for the sick, the imprisoned, and the needy are also at the heart of the ministerial life and are expected to be a key part of the congregants' lives, along with living with love, compassion, and forgiveness.

At the Last Supper, Jesus said to his disciples that the bread they were eating and the wine they were drinking were his body and blood and told them to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him. While different churches have different interpretations of what the words mean, almost all churches practice some form of the communion ritual. Most also recite the Nicene Creed, an important theological summation of core tenets of the Christian faith that were hammered out by the early church.

The Nicene Creed emphasizes the embodied aspects of Jesus, and embodiment is at the core of the Christian life, too, with Jesus offering special attention to feeding the hungry, tending the sick, and visiting the imprisoned. Most ministers make this part of their weekly ministerial duties—perhaps with hospital and shut-in visitation a central part of their mission. All Christians are expected to act with compassion towards and not forget the people among us in need, helping them in concrete ways.

Finally, love and forgiveness are at the center of the Christian life, though how to practice these two virtues can be challenging. All of these practices emerge from the Christian understanding of what God commands in the New Testament.

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