Conversations in the basics of the Christian Faith from Luther's Small Catechism to help young people live it full and free.
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.
*or: Christian; 'catholic' here means 'universal'
What this means for us
I believe that on my own I can never come to Jesus Christ my Lord, or believe in him, no matter how hard I try. But the Holy Spirit has called me to Jesus, made me holy, and kept me in the Christian faith.
In the same way the Holy Spirit creates the Christian church all over the world.
The Spirit calls people to Jesus, brings them together into the church, leads them to know and trust Jesus, makes them holy, and keeps them with Jesus in the Christian faith.
In the Christian church the Spirit keeps on forgiving all my sins and the sins of everyone who believes in Jesus.
At the end of time the Spirit will raise me to life, together with all who have died, and will give me and all others who believe in Christ eternal life.
This is certainly true.