I love the Apostles’ Creed.
It’s a foundation statement of belief for Christians everywhere.
It stands in sharp contrast to false theology, false doctrines, and false religion.
The Apostles’ Creed carefully reflects what it means to be a Christian.
Many people claim to be Christians but don’t understand anything about Christianity.
Some people even teach the Bible but they’re not Christians…
Many false religions talk about Jesus or the Bible, but they are not Christianity.
Here are 8 things you should know:
- The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest creed in Christendom. It was created in 390 A.D.
- The Apostles’ Creed is a reflection of the clear theology of what a Christian believes. It enables Christians to be grounded in Truth so they will be able to detect false doctrine and false Christianity.
- The Apostles’ Creed emphasizes not just belief in God – not just belief in an entity – but its core statement deals with Christ and Christ alone. Al Mohler just finished his book called, The Apostles Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in the Ancient Counterfeits. He says, “We don’t believe we are saved by faith; we believe we are saved by faith in Christ.”
- Christian songs, books, movies, prayers, sermons, and Bible studies may sound good, but they must reflect Jesus Christ as their core … and the importance of putting our faith and trust in Him. Without a recognition of the cross – that he died for our sins and rose from the dead because of the power of God – we are hopeless. That is the core of the gospel. That is what the disciples believed. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
- Some people have a problem with the Creed because in its original form it talks about a belief in, “The Holy Catholic Church.” Al Mohler points out that the word “Catholic” does not refer to the name of the religious body known as the Catholic Church of today. Instead, it’s a definition of what the church is. Jesus said his church was catholic with the idea that is was for all people, all races, all countries, all cultures over space and time.
- Throughout the history of the Church, the martyrs – as they were being beheaded, stoned, thrown to the lions, burned at the stake, hung, tortured, whatever the case – would often recite the Apostles’ Creed.
- The Apostles’ Creed was foundational to the Puritan and Protestant reformers as they founded America.
- The Creed doesn’t cover certain doctrinal disputes such as:
* how to be baptized
* church hierarchy
*gifts of the spirit
* end times
Instead, it concentrates on the essentials.
Here is one of my favorite songs that basically recites the Creed: “This I believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Worship (about 7 minutes).
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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