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Complete Outline of Catholic Faith Part 2 Foundation of the Church

Complete Outline of Catholic Faith Part 2 Foundation of the Church

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Foundation of the Church
Ninth Article of the Apostles' Creed

From among His disciples Our Lord chose twelve Apostles, and gave them special training. He sent them forth to teach His
doctrines, saying, "As the Father has sent me, I also send you." The Apostles were the foundation of the True Church. Christ gave them
all power and authority, saying, "He who hears you hears me: he who rejects you rejects me."

Did Jesus Christ found a Church? --Yes; all history, religious and non-religious, including the Bible, clearly proves that Jesus Christ
founded a Church.
1. After teachingpubli cly what He required all to believe and practice, thereby announcing the main doctrines of His Church, Christ
gathered a number ofdisciples. From them He chose twelve, to whom He gave special instruction and training.

The term "a kingdom", by which Our Lord used to refer to His Church, implies organized authority. And He said to the special men He had chosen, "You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you" (John 15:16). He did not teach the disciples for themselves alone, but to be the foundation of His Church. God did not come to save only a few disciples, but all men.

2. Christ said to the men He had chosen: "As the Father has sent me, I also send you" (John 20:21), bidding them go and preach the
doctrines He had taught. He sent them to all nations, promising salvation to those that should believe, and threatening condemnation to
those refusing to believe.

"He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned" (Mark 16:16). God is just; He would
not have threatened condemnation to unbelievers unless He had furnished the means whereby they could believe. His Church is this
means; all menm ust join it.

3. Not only did the men chosen by Christ have authority; He gave them extraoidinary powers, particularly the twelve special men, the
Apostles.
"Then having summoned his twelve disciples, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every kind of
disease and infirmity" (Matt. 10:1).
a. They had power to sanctify, when Christ bade them:
"Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt.
28:19).
b. They had power to forgive sin, when Christ said to them:
"Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them" (John 20:23).
c. They had power to rule when Christ said:
"He who hears you hears me; and he who rejects you rejects me; and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me" (Luke 10:16). And:
"Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven" (Matt. 18:18).
d. They had power to offer sacrifice, when at the Last Supper Christ, after instituting the Eucharist, bade them:

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