As a kid I was in church every Sunday. And every Sunday we stood and together as a congregation recited the Apostle’s Creed. I suppose I had it memorized by the time I was 7 or 8 (we didn’t have any children’s programming during the church service – us rug rats were in with the adults every week!). As I grew older I began to actually understand more of what we were reciting but most Sundays it was just a mindless/ thoughtless chant. It was pretty boring – pretty meaningless.
?So why in the world would we at ACC begin this Sunday, April 19 on an 11 week teaching series on the Apostle’s Creed? Great question! Let me share a few reasons why we are embarking on this series and why I am excited about it:
1.?It is a great summary of Christian belief. In an elders meeting a few months back we were brainstorming Sunday teaching topics for 2009. We recognized the need to teach on the basics of Christian belief – a sort of Christianity 101. But what would be part of the syllabus? Boom! That’s the beauty of the Apostle’s Creed – it serves as a summary, a PowerPoint presentation, biblical beliefs in a summary form. Each week we’ll look directly into our bibles to see the basis for this creed.
?2.?It connects us to our roots. Written sometime in the mid – 2nd century, this creed stands as a testimony to historic, orthodox Christianity. It has been recited for almost 2,000 years by believers all over the world. We are part of a faith family much larger than ourselves!
?3.?It reminds us of what is important. Faith involves content – substance – the church is not a doctrinal “free for all” but a community of faith that is united by what the bible teaches. The creed is about the major things – not minor things. The creed is distinctly Trinitarian, distinctly Christian.
?4.?It leads us to right living. Conduct springs out of belief. Theology in that sense is always very practical – what we believe will determine how we live. Wrong thoughts about God inevitably lead to wrong lifestyle choices. In an increasingly relativistic, morally compromised culture we need to think Christianly in order to live Christianly.
As an adult I now truly understand and appreciate the truth espoused in the Apostle’s creed. I hope you’ll be joining us as we together rediscover the basic tenets of historic Christianity!